Nearly 80 per cent of voter turnout was recorded in the second-phase Haryana panchayat elections in nine districts on Saturday, according to data compiled by the State Election Commission. The polling was held for the post of 2,683 sarpanches and 25,655 panches in 57 blocks of Ambala, Charkhi Dadri, Gurugram, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Rewari, Rohtak, Sirsa, and Sonipat districts.
The voting began at 7 am and concluded at 6 pm. Men, women, and the elderly queued up at polling booths in these districts to cast their votes.
In Karnal, there was a report of two rival groups clashing at Fatehgarh village in Nissing block and three persons sustained injuries in the incident. Police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.
In Ambala, there was a scuffle between two groups in the village of Jansua after one of the groups objected to the casting of a vote by a person. One person was injured in the scuffle and he was admitted to the civil hospital in Ambala City. Police said they were investigating the matter.
In Rohtak, there was a report of a brawl between two warring groups in Gharauthi village. There was another report of a scuffle between two groups at Kasauli village in Rewari district.
There were 48,67,132 eligible voters in the second-phase polling, the officials said.
There were 5,963 polling stations in these districts, of which 976 had been categorised as “sensitive" and 1,023 as “highly sensitive", they said.
In the first phase, polling for zila parishads and panchayat samitis in Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Jind, Kaithal, Mahendragarh, Nuh, Panchkula, Panipat and Yamunanagar was held on October 30 and voting to elect sarpanches and panches was held on November 2.
The third and final phase of polling in the remaining districts to elect members of zila parishad and panchayat samitis will be held on November 22 and that of sarpanches and panches of gram panchayats on November 25.
While the results of the sarpanch and panch polls will be declared at the end of voting in each phase, those of zila parishads and panchayat samiti members will be declared on November 27 after all the three phases are completed.
There were 48,67,132 eligible voters for the second phase. Voting took place in 5,963 polling stations, out of which 976 were sensitive and 1,023 were highly sensitive stations.
In the first phase, polling for zila parishads and panchayat samitis was held on October 30 and polling for sarpanches and panches on November 2 in Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Jind, Kaithal, Mahendragarh, Nuh, Panchkula, Panipat and Yamunanagar.
with PTI inputs
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