Panchayat polls: Lucknow, Varanasi amongst 20 districts to vote at this time

Voting for the second part of the panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh will happen on Monday with greater than 3.48 lakh candidates within the fray for over 2.23 lakh posts in 20 districts.

Voting might be held from 7 am to six pm with over 3.23 crore voters eligible to train their franchise.

The second part assumes significance as state capital Lucknow and Varanasi will go to polls on this spherical. Aside from Lucknow and Varanasi, polling might be held in Amroha, Azamgarh, Etawah, Etah, Kannauj, Gonda, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Badaun, Baghpat, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Mainpuri, Maharajganj, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lalitpur, and Sultanpur districts on Monday.

For the 787 posts of members of zila panchayats, there are 11,483 candidates. For the 19,653 seats of kshetra panchayats, as many as 85,232 candidates are within the fray. So far as the gram panchayats are involved, there are 1,21,906 candidates for 14,897 posts.

For the gram panchayat wards, there are as many as 1,30,305 candidates for 1,87,781 posts. The candidates will contest on “free symbols” given by the State Election Fee (SEC).

Greater than 2.31 lakh ballot officers have been deployed for the sleek conduct of the panchayat polls.

In the meantime, the State Election Fee has ordered repolling at 20 cubicles in 9 districts after stories from officers over incidents of rigging on the polling cubicles within the first part.

Repolling has been ordered at polling cubicles in Prayagraj’s Soraon Block, Agra’s Fatehabad and Jagner blocks, Jaunpur’s Jalalpur block, Rampur’s Bhahabad and Swar block, Hardoi’s Harpalpur, Kanpur Nagar’s Vidhnu block, Rae Bareilly’s Raahi and Maharajganj Blocks, Jhansi’s Moth block and Ayodhya’s Milkipur, Sohawal and Bikapur.

Within the first part on Thursday, a turnout of 71 per cent was recorded with some stray incidents of violence at some locations. The districts that noticed the best turnout have been Kanpur Nagar (75 per cent), Ghaziabad (74 per cent) and Bareilly (73 per cent).

In view of the coronavirus scenario, the SEC had stated final month that no more than 5 individuals could be allowed to accompany a candidate throughout door-to-door campaigning for the panchayat elections.

Extra Election Commissioner Ved Prakash Verma stated three-member groups have been fashioned beneath the extra district magistrates to make sure that the directives issued by the SEC have been being adopted.

On the district stage, the chief medical officers have been made the nodal officers and stress has been laid on Covid-19 prevention.

Voters will mandatorily should put on masks and preserve social distancing on the polling cubicles. Directions have additionally been issued to make circles sustaining a distance of six toes between the voters standing within the queue.

Verma stated the Covid-19 norms would even be adopted through the counting of votes and private protecting tools (PPE) kits could be organized based on the necessities.

—With PTI Inputs

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