Sixty five percent voting has been recorded in Zila parishad and Panchayat elections in Punjab which were by and large peaceful barring a few stray incidents of violence in some pockets of the State.
Punjab’s State Election Commissioner SS Brar said that there was no report of any major untoward incident from any polling booths and as per information around 65 percent polling have been recorded in Zila Parishad and Panchayat Smitis elections. “However, the final figures are still awaited,” Brar said.
Brar said that re-polling will be conducted in 8 booths of 6 polling stations in the state on May 20 from where reports of booth capturing, bogus voting and anomalies in voter lists were reported.
“These booths, where the Commission has decided to re-conduct polls, are Ropana booth 139 (Mukatsar), kothe Maluk Pati booth 85 (Faridkot), Churriwal Chisti booth 92 and 93, Ojhanwali booth 33 and 34, Kanha Ram booth 15(Fazilka) and Indergarh booth 155 (Moga),” he said.
Brar further said that the counting of votes for both Zila Parishad and Panchayat Smitis elections will take place on May 21.He said that all the results, including the result of re polling, would be declared on May 21.
“Despite blazing heat condition in the state, the voters turned out in large numbers to exercise their adult franchise to choose their preferred candidates,” Brar added.
He said that the administration had made elaborate security arrangement for today’s polling. Large number of police was deployed in all vulnerable points, including sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling stations.