Odisha Panchayat Elections results 2017 LIVE: 75 per cent turnout in third phase, says SEC

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Bhubaneswar | Updated: February 17, 2017 8:00:32 PM

The voting began at & AM in the morning, continuing till 12 noon; the counting of votes started at 1 PM. The official results of the Odisha Panchayat elections 2017 would be made public on February 25.

The polling session for the 3rd phase of Panchayat Elections in Odisha was conducted today in 175 Silla Parishad of 65 blocks in 30 districts of the state.The polling session for the 3rd phase of Panchayat Elections in Odisha was conducted today in 175 Silla Parishad of 65 blocks in 30 districts of the state.

The voting began at & AM in the morning, continuing till 12 noon; the counting of votes started at 1 PM. The official results of the Odisha Panchayat elections 2017 would be made public on February 25. The polls are being held for the election of 1394 Panchayat Samiti members and 18, 859 ward members, according to India. According to the EC, a sum total of 53,23,993 voters would be exercising their right to vote. According to last reports, the ruling Biju Janata Dal, led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was leading with 81 seats, while the Congress struggled with only 16. The biggest player in this election has been BJP, who has made miraculous groundwork in the state and is giving tough competition to the BJD as a viable option for replacing them.

The Panchayat elections which were conducted in Odisha in 5 phases saw BJP grabbing 71 seats in the first phase. In 2012, BJP had managed merely 12 seats. To sum it up in a better manner, BJP had won a total of 36 seats of the 853 seats in 2012.

7:45 PM: BJD leading in 90 seats, while BJP leading 66, Cong in 14 and Others in 5, says News World Odisha report.

6:45 PM: Congress won 3 Zilla Parishad out of 3 ZP polled in 3rd phase in Jharsuguda, to form Zill Parishad  in Jharsuguda, reports News World Odisha.

6:42 PM: With violence continuing unabated across Odisha amid the ongoing Panchayat elections, the State Election Commission today asked the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police to ensure free and fair polling in the remaining three phases, PTI report says.

6:26 PM: BJD has won in 22 Zilla Parishad zones, BJP in 36, Congress in 7, others 1, OTV says.

6:19 PM: Out of 175 seats, BJD winner in 18, BJP in 22, Congress in 6 zilla parishad zones, says OTV.

5:39 PM: As per SEC, 75% turnout in 3rd phase of Panchayat Poll. Subarnapur district recorded highest, with  86% polling. Turnout in Ganjam was lowest with 66% polling.

5:33 PM: BJP claims two Zilla Parishad zones in Bargarh, reports OTV.

5:27 PM: As per trends, BJD leading in 82, BJP in 65, Congress 16, Others 5, says OTV report

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