81% cast vote in final phase of Himachal rural poll, counting today

81% cast vote in final phase of Himachal rural poll, counting today

State BJP president Suresh Kashyap gets his finger inked at a polling booth at Bajga gram panchayat in Sirmaur district.

Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 21

Heavy polling of 81 per cent was reported in the final and the last phase of voting for the Panchayati Raj Institution polls, which were peaceful with no untoward incident taking place anywhere in the state today.

According to the State Election Commission (SEC) around 81 per cent polling was registered in the third and final phase of the elections. Polling was held in 1,137 gram panchayats with the highest 94 per cent polling being reported in Lodhi Majra panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district.

A total of 49 Covid-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes by following standard operating procedures across the state. The polling for the urban local bodies took place on January 10 while panchayat polls took place in three phases on January 17, 19 and 21. The counting of votes for all panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad wards will begin at 8.30 am tomorrow with the votes for the Panchayat Samitis to be counted first.

In Shimla district, the polling percentage was reported to be 72.40 per cent at 4 pm when voting came to an end. In Shimla district, the polling percentage in Theog was 78.6 per cent, Rohru 67.3 per cent, Narkanda 67.6 per cent and Jubbal Kotkhai 69.2 per cent. A total of six Covid persons cast their vote in Shimla district. These were five in Chopal block and one in Rampur.

AT A GLANCE

83.1% women voters
79.2% men voters
94% The highest voter turnout witnessed in Lodhi Majra panchayat of Nalagarh development block
49 Covid -19 patients and isolation voters cast votes

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