UP Panchayat Election 2021 Phase 1 Voting LIVE: 71 per voter turnout recorded in polls

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Updated: April 16, 2021 7:56:30 am

Uttar Pradesh (UP) Gram Panchayat Election 2021 Polling Live Updates: Nearly 65 per cent turnout till 5 pm. Voting began at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm.

UP Panchayat Election 2021 Voting Live, UP Gram Panchayat Election 2021 Polling LiveAn unprecedented 3.33 lakh candidates are in the fray for the 2.21 lakh seats going to polls in the first phase.

Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Election 2021 Phase 1 Polling Live Updates: Over 70 per cent votes were cast in the first of the four-phased Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections on Thursday, the State Election Commission said. Incidents of firing have been reported from Agra. According to reports, fifty people looted ballot boxes after firing in Agra. Reports of scuffle and fraudulent are also coming in from various parts of districts going to polls in Phase-I. People created chaos alleging fraudulent voting in Jhansi while villagers locked a booth in Prayagraj saying frauds were taking place at the centre.

The EC has postponed the election for the three Pradhan posts in Raebareli following untimely death of candidates. Elections have been postponed in Kathwara of Harchandpur block, Pahnasa of Bachhranwa block and Rampur Kala Panchayat of Sareni block. Voting began at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm.

An unprecedented 3.33 lakh candidates are in the fray for the 2.21 lakh seats going to polls for the posts of Zila panchayat (district council) members, kshetra (block) panchayat members, village panchayat heads and ward members. There are 11,442 candidates for the post of Zila panchayat members for 779 wards, while as many as 81,747 candidates are contesting in 19,313 wards of kshetra panchayats.

For the gram panchayat, there are 1,14,142 candidates for 14,789 posts. For gram panchayat wards, there are 1,26,613 candidates for 1,86,583 seats. The election is being held using ballot papers and is being seen as a semi-final to the 2022 Assembly election.

Districts that are going to the polls in the first phase are Ayodhya, Agra, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, Jhansi, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhadohi, Mahoba, Rampur, Raebareli, Shravasti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Saharanpur, Hardoi and Hathras. Apart from parties like the BJP, BSP, Samajwadi Party and the Congress, the AIMIM, Aam Aadmi Party and Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad’s Azad Samaj Party are making their debut in the state.

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    17:51 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Polls LIVE: Nearly 66 per cent voting till 5 PM in Ghaziabad 

    UP Panchayat Election LIVE: Ghaziabad recorded 65.76 per cent turnout till 5 PM. 

    Highest turnout was in Muradnagar 72.50 per cent followed by Bhojpur 68.08 per cent, Loni 63 per cent and Razapur 57.90 per cent.

    Hathras reported 64.68 per cent polling while Jhansi 69 per cent till 5 PM. Voting will conclude at 7 PM. 

    16:56 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Polls: 53.39 per cent voting in Ghaziabad 

    UP Panchayat Election LIVE: Ghaziabad recorded over 53 per cent turnout till 3 PM. Highest turnout was in Muradnagar 60.15 per cent followed by Bhojpur 54.48 per cent, Loni 51.92 per cent and Razapur 46.24 per cent.

    15:24 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Polls: Ballot box looted in Fatehabad

    UP Panchayat chunav: Incidents of scuffle, firing and fraudulent voting have been reported from some districts going to polls in Phase-1. People created chaos alleging fraudulent voting in Jhansi while villagers locked a booth in Prayagraj saying frauds were taking place at the centre.  It has also been reported that a ballot box was looted in Fatehabad. 

    14:38 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    Uttar Pradesh: Schools shut till May 15; night curfew imposed in 10 districts

    Covid-19: All schools in Uttar Pradesh will be closed till May 15 while board exams for classes 10 and 12 have been postponed till May 20 in view of rising COVID-19 cases. The new dates for the board examinations will be decided in the first week of May. Schools up to class 12 are being closed till May 15 and no examinations will also be held during this period. Also, UP board examinations for classes 10 and 12 have been postponed till May 20. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Uttar Pradesh Education Board examinations were scheduled to start from May 8.  A night curfew from 8 pm till 7 am was imposed in 10 districts with more than 2,000 active COVID-19 cases. The districts are in Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kanpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Gorakhpur.

    14:03 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Polls: Woman polling officer dies in Jhansi

    UP Panchayat Polls: In Jhansi, Nirmala Sahu, a woman polling officer posted at Jauri Bujurg, a polling centre in Badagaon block died after she felt uneasiness, Assistant Superintendent of Police, City, Vivek Tripathi said. The woman felt uneasiness and before she could be rushed to hospital she died, the ASP said, adding that the exact cause of her death could be ascertained after post-mortem.

    13:34 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election: Polling booth locked in Prayagraj

    UP Panchayat Polls LIVE: Angry villagers locked a polling booth at Meja in Prayagraj. They alleged that fraudulent voting was taking place at a booth, following which the centre was shut. 

    13:23 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Polls: Nearly 26 per cent voting till 11 am in Saharanpur 

    UP Panchayat Election LIVE: Saharanpur recorded 25.71 per cent voting till 11 am. Highest voting was done at Nakud with 32 per cent polls, followed by Sarsawa 30 per cent, Rampur Maniharan 28 per cent and Deoband 26 per cent.

    12:47 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Polls: Nearly 28 per cent turnout till 12 PM in Shravasti

    UP Panchayat chunaav: 27.64 per cent voter turnout till 12 pm in Shravasti district.   

    12:12 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat chunav: 23.6 per cent voter turnout till 11 am in Raebareli 

    UP Panchayat Election 2021: Nearly 24 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11 am in Raebareli. 

    11:24 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Polls: 22.12 per cent turnout till 11 am in Rampur 

    UP Panchayat chunav LIVE: Over 22 per cent polling was recorded till 11 am in Rampur. In Hardoi, 16 per cent turnout was reported. In the first two hours, the polling was nearly 10 pe rcent. The polling began at 7 am will continue till 6 pm. 

    10:43 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Phase-1 Polling: 10 per cent turnout till 9 am in Ayodhya

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Phase-1 Polling: Nearly 10 per cent voter turnout was recorded in most districts going to polls in Phase-1. Ghaziabad recorded 9.94 per cent turnout while Gorakhpur witnessed 9.8 per cent polling in first two hours. Besides these, 8.75 per cent turnout was Bhadohi, 8.6 per cent in Raebareli, 9.6 per cent in Agra, 9.63 in Hathras, 10 per cent in Ayodhya. 

    10:19 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Polls: 9.94 per cent turnout till 9 am in Ghaziabad 

    UP Panchayat chunav: Nearly 10 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 9 am in Ghazaibad. 

    Bhojpur:9.60Muradnagar: 10.30Razapur: 10.20Loni: 9.62

    10:14 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    New Covid-19 guidelines for migrant workers returning to Uttar Pradesh

    UP Additional Chief Secretary (Health) issues directions on quarantine of migrant workers returning to the state. Workers to be screened by district administration. Those showing symptoms, but are not infected, will be sent to 14-day home quarantine. Seven-day home quarantine for the asymptomatic ones.

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    09:54 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat chunav: Districts going to polls in Phase-I

    UP Panchayat Polls: At least 17 districts are going to polls in phase one for panchayat, block and zila panchayats. 

    SaharanpurGhaziabadRampurBareliHathrasAgraKanpur NagarJhansiMahobaPrayagrajHardoiAyodhyaSharavastiSant Kabir NagarGorakhpurJaunpurBhadohi

    09:35 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: Voting underway in Digner of Agra.

    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: Voting underway in Digner of Agra.

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    09:26 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: People cast their votes in Kanpur

    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: People cast their votes in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Panchayat elections. Visuals from a polling booth in Kanpur.

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    09:17 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: In Gorakhpur, residents of Vantangia villages wait for their turn to cast their votes

    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: In Gorakhpur, residents of Vantangia villages cast their votes for panchayat polls, for the first time ever after being declared revenue village by CM Yogi Adityanath in 2018.

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    09:10 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: People wait for their turn in Ayodhya

    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: People stand in a queue at a polling booth in Ayodhya as they await their turn to cast vote for the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Panchayat polls.

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    09:02 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: First phase of Uttar Pradesh Panchayat polls underway in Rampur

    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: First phase of Uttar Pradesh Panchayat polls underway in Rampur. Visuals from Ajitpur Primary School - designated as a polling booth - in Rampur.

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    08:57 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: Polling underway peacefully in Mahoba

    UP Panchayat Chunav 2021 Live Updates: A large number of voters queued up at polling booths in Mahoba. Votes are being cast at 925 polling booths at 473 polling centres. There are 253 candidates in the fray for the 14 seats of Zilla Panchayat. Votes being cast using ballot papers for 1704 posts of block pancnhayat members, 3649 Gram Panchayat members and 3344 Pradhan posts. 5,66,600 voters will decide the fate of the candidates.

    08:48 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Over 100 anti-social elements externed from Muzaffarnagar district

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: More than 100 people with criminal records have been externed from Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the panchayat elections. Senior Superintendent of Police Abhishek Yadav said 112 anti-social elements from different police station areas have been externed from the district for six months.

    08:40 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Voting underway for 6 thousand 481 posts

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Polling underway in Prayagraj district. In the district, 33 lakh 68 thousand 85 voters are eligible to cast their votes. This time, elections will be held for a total of 6 thousand 481 posts against 23 thousand 530 posts. As many as 8849 candidates have been elected unopposed against the total 19820 posts of gram panchayat member. No nominations has been filed for 10 thousand 971 posts. A total of eight candidates were elected unopposed out of Pradhan's 1540 posts. A total of 11922 candidates are in the fray for the post of Pradhan. A total of 51 candidates have been elected unopposed out of 2086 posts of BDC. A total of 2033 candidates are in the fray for the BDC election.

    08:33 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Voting underway for the three-tier panchayat election in Kanpur

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Voting underway for the three-tier panchayat election in Kanpur. Voters thronged the polling stations in large numbers early this morning. 

    08:25 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Polling underway at 1628 booths in Bareilly

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: In Bareilly, polling underway at 1628 booths. Around 23 lakh 47 thousand voters will be voting for various Panchayat posts. 16 thousand police personnel deployed to ensure free and fair election.

    08:19 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Panchayat election postponed for the three Pradhan posts in Raebareli

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Panchayat election have been postponed for the three Pradhan posts in Raebareli. Elections postponed due to the untimely death of a candidate. Elections have been postponed in Kathwara of Harchandpur block, Pahnasa of Bachhranwa block and Rampur Kala Panchayat of Sareni block.

    08:13 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Panchayat elections are being held at 1636 polling stations in Hathras

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Panchayat elections are being held at 1636 polling stations in Hathras. More than 9 lakh 44 thousand 979 voters are eligible to cast their votes.

    08:07 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Voting for three-tier panchayat elections underway at 1332 booths in Shravasti

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Voting for three-tier panchayat elections underway in Shravasti. Voting is being held at 1332 booths. There are 351 candidates in the fray for the 22 seats of Zilla Panchayat, 2722 candidates for the 397 seats of Pradhan. The EC has deployed 5434 personnel on election duty. 5 thousand security forces have been deployed in the district.

    08:00 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: 4657 booths set up in Gorakhpur

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: In Gorakhpur, 4657 booths have been set up across 20 blocks of the district. There is around 30 lakh voters in the district. 24 thousand employees have been deployed for the election. 

    07:55 (IST)15 Apr 2021
    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Polling underway in Jhansi

    UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Polling process underway in Jhansi for panchayat election. Total polling booths 753, total booths 1676, about 6000 policemen deployed on election duty, 7500 polling personnel deployed at polling stations, booths for Panchayat elections in the district.

    Both the BJP and the Congress are confident of victory. Congress state spokesperson Ashok Singh said the panchayat elections would spring a surprise in the state as it would perform "brilliantly" in the state. "People who are virtually fed up with the misrule and misgovernance of the four-year-old BJP government in UP are looking towards the Congress with hope in their eyes," Singh said. "The panchayat elections will unfurl the wave of change in the state." Reacting to it, BJP state media co-convenor Navin Srivastava said: "The way in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have worked for the villagers, poor and farmers, it is evident that the BJP will sweep the panchayat polls." "The work done by the government in arranging ration and employment for lakhs of people who migrated back to UP during the corona pandemic will help the BJP to win the election," Srivastava said.
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