Rajasthan gram panchayat elections: 19% of votes cast till 10 am in first phase of polling across 947 panchayats
The polls are currently being held as per the guidelines given by the election commission. Voters have to wear face masks and follow other COVID-19 norms while voting
Jaipur: Over 19 percent of the 31.95-lakh voters cast their votes till 10 am on Monday in the first phase of the gram panchayat elections in Rajasthan.
The polling for sarpanch and panch of 947 gram panchayats began at 7.30 am and the voting percentage was 19.10% till 10 am, according to an Election Commission spokesperson.
The elections are being held as per the guidelines related to the novel coronavirus . The commission has given detailed directions to polling parties and officials to ensure social distancing and other norms during the election process, he said.
Elections in 55 village panchayats of the Sarada and the Gogunda panchayat samitis of Udaipur had been postponed in view of the prevailing situation in Dungarpur.
Violence erupted last Thursday in Dungarpur district, where candidates of a recruitment exam blocked a highway and torched vehicles. The situation remained tensed till Sunday.
"Since the police force was engaged in law and order, and polling parties were facing problems in reaching the gram panchayats of Udaipur, the decision was taken to postpone the elections in 55 gram panchayats," State Election Commission Secretary Shyam Singh Rajpurohit said.
He added that wearing a mask was mandatory during the election, while arrangements for ensuring compliance of social distancing had also been made at polling booths.
The voting will take place from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm. After the voting is over, the counting of votes will begin.
The second phase of the election will take place on 3 October, the third on 6 October, and the fourth on 10 October. In total, 3,848 gram panchayats will go to polls in the state in four phases.
"The commission is eager and hopeful of resolving the impasse and it will Thursday meet Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Bani Brata Basu and Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee," a commission official said.
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