81 per cent vote in panchayat polls

Panchayat Polls12 gram panchayats representing 13 villages witness voting; turnout down as compared to 85.86 pc in 2008.

As many as 81.16 per cent people cast their votes in the election to the 12 gram panchayats representing 13 villages on Sunday. Polling went on till late into the night at some villages.

The voting percentage witnessed a decrease as compared to the last election held in 2008 when 85.86 per cent people had cast their votes. The highest voting was held at Raipur Kalan where 92.8 per cent voted while at Kaimbwala, 90.3 per cent votes were polled. The lowest voting was witnessed at Daria where 73 per cent votes were polled. Election of one sarpanch and 28 panches was held unanimously. Votes were polled for the remaining.

At Kishangarh, Kaimbwala and Behlana, the post is reserved for women candidates. At Raipur Kalan and Makhanmajra that are represented by one panchayat, the post of sarpanch is reserved for a Scheduled Caste candidate. At Khuda Jassu, the post is reserved for a Scheduled Caste woman.

Sarpanches from the general category will be elected in the villages including Mauli Jagran, Daria, Raipur Khurd, Dhanas, Sarangpur, Khuda Alisher and Khuda Lahora. Of the total 132 posts of panches, 73 are in the general category. As many as 38 posts are reserved for women, 14 for Scheduled Castes and seven for Scheduled Caste women.

In some villages, including Mauli Jagran and Daria, voting went on till around 8 pm. Even though the votes were to be polled till 5 pm, a large number of people had lined up at the polling booths. Since all those who had lined up before 5 pm are allowed to vote, the voting continued. Long queues of voters could be seen. At few places the polling was slow to start but picked up later.

At Daria, people complained that there should have been more entrances to the polling station as even the elderly had to stand in one queue. Minor arguments were witnessed at several villages. The total number of voters witnessed a drastic rise. From 21,185 registered voters in the last election, the number increased to more than 39,000 registered voters this time.

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