Chandigarh, Nov 2 (PTI) The first phase of three-phased elections for Panchs and Sarpanches in nine districts of Haryana witnessed over 80 per cent voting on Wednesday.
Haryana State Election Commission commissioner Dhanpat Singh told PTI, “The polling was peaceful except in sporadic incidents.”
According to the data provided by the Haryana State Election Commission at 10 pm, a total voter turnout of 81.4 per cent was recorded in nine districts of the state.
Polling was held from 7 am to 6 pm in Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Jind, Kaithal, Mahendragarh, Nuh, Panchkula, Panipat and Yamunanagar. There are total 49 lakh voters in these districts.
Counting of votes started immediately after voting.
Haryana’s Director General of Police (DGP) PK Agarwal said that the election was conducted peacefully. According to the DGP, there was no incident of election-related violence in the state till the polling was over.
“However, some untoward incidents have been reported from Nuh, Jhajjar and Kaithal districts. Some cases of quarrels and stone pelting were reported in two villages of Nuh, but these incidents did not happen at the polling booth and action has been taken against mischievous elements. ,
Nuh Superintendent of Police Varun Singla told PTI over phone, “No incident happened at the polling station. However, there have been some incidents of assault and stone pelting in two villages.
Singla said there was no impact on the voting process. Police, however, did not confirm that there were some incidents of firing in Nuh district as well.
A scuffle broke out between agents of two candidates at a polling booth in Zahidpur village of Jhajjar district but there was no disruption in voting. Jhajjar Superintendent of Police Wasim Akram gave this information.
In Kaithal also there is news of scuffle and stone pelting between two groups.
According to an official statement, Haryana State Election Commissioner Dhanpat Singh had said on Tuesday that polling for the elections of 2,607 sarpanches and 25,968 panches will be held in these nine districts on November 2.
The first phase of polling for Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis in these districts was held on October 30.
Singh said that arrangements for drinking water, electricity and wheelchairs have been made for the differently-abled voters at all the polling stations.
He informed that there are more than 49 lakh voters in nine districts and 6,019 polling stations have been set up.
61,993 panches will be elected from 6,220 gram panchayats in the state and all their 6,220 sarpanches will be directly elected by the villagers.
The results of the election of Sarpanch and Panchs will be announced at the end of each phase of polling, while the results of the election of Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samiti members will be announced on November 27 after all the three phases.
In the second phase, voting for Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti members will be held on November 9 and for Sarpanchs and Panchs on November 12. In the second phase, polling will be held in Ambala, Charkhi Dadri, Gurugram, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Rewari, Rohtak, Sirsa and Sonipat.
Hisar, Palwal, Faridabad and Fatehabad will vote in the third and last phase. Polling for the election of Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti members in these districts will be held on November 22, while the election for the election of Sarpanch and Panch will be held on November 25.
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