Jharkhand: 1127 panchayats in 21 districts to go to rural polls in first phase

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Over 2.6 lakh voters in Musaboni, Dumaria, Ghatshila and Ghurabandha will vote

Ranchi, May 13: A total of 1,127 panchayats covering 72 city blocks in 21 districts of Jharkhand will go to the polls in the first of four rounds of panchayat elections on Saturday, officials said.

In East Singhbhum district, voting teams were dispatched from Jamshedpur Cooperative College for the first phase of the Panchayat election – 2022. In the first phase of the polls on May 14, a total of 268,831 voters ( 132,421 male voters, 136,410 female voters) will exercise their right to vote in 262 polling booths in Musabani, 210 in Dumaria, 124 in Ghatshila block and 86 polling stations in Ghurabandha blocks.

There will be a cream white ballot for the Gram Panchayat member. Along with this, there will be light pink for the position of village panchayat leader, light green for the Panchayat member Samiti and light yellow color for the position of Zilla Parishad member.

Across Jharkhand, more than 52 lakh voters, including 25 lakh women, are eligible to exercise their right to vote and they will decide the political fate of 30,221 candidates in the three-tier panchayat polls.

Panchayat elections in the state do not run along party lines.

In the first phase, elections were to be held for 16,757 positions – 14,079 panchayat members, 1,127 mukhiyas, 1,405 Panchayat Samiti members and 146 Zilla Parishad members.

However, a total of 6,231 candidates were declared the uncontested winners in the first phase, as only one candidate remained for each of these positions after the withdrawal and rejection of the application documents, officials said.

Now, elections will be held for 9,819 positions – 7,303 panchayat members, 1,117 mukhiyas, 1,256 panchayat committee members and 143 Zilla Parishad members.

“Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Voting teams were dispatched to their respective localities. In sensitive areas, parties were dispatched on Thursday,” State Election Commission Secretary Radhe Shyam Prasad said.

A total of 14,079 voting booths were installed for the first phase. Among them, 5,704 cabins were declared sensitive and 5,450 others were hypersensitive.

“We have made adequate security arrangements for both voters and election staff. A large number of security personnel were deployed in all polling stations to conduct peaceful elections,” Prasad said.

The ultras on the left have called for a boycott of the ballot in several areas.

The counting of votes for the first phase of the elections will take place on May 17.

The other phases of the elections will be held on May 19, 24 and 29

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