PANCHKULA LED the way as it recorded the maximum voting percentage of 91.8 among all the 21 districts of the state, as the first phase of panchayat polls concluded here on Sunday.
The first phase included Morni and Pinjore blocks, where as many as 47,523 voters are registered. A hundred per cent voter turnout was recorded at booth number 32 of Panchayat Girdan, Pinjore block, Panchkula district, whereas booth number 33 in the same panchayat recorded 98.42 per cent turnout.
There were a total of 379 candidates in the fray for various seats, which included 45 candidates for 10 seats of Zila Parishad, 51 candidates for 18 seats of Panchayat Samiti, 168 candidates for 54 seats of sarpanchs, and 115 candidates for 57 seats of panchs.
A total of 105 polling stations were set up in the two blocks, 71 in Pinjore block and 34 in Morni. According to the police, the elections were conducted peacefully and no major complaints were received. The police personnel were deputed outside the polling stations. “The elections were peaceful, but we are alert and keeping a check on unruly elements till the results are announced,” said Station House Officer, Pinjore, Mohinder Singh.
Pinjore remained marginally ahead of Morni, with a polling percentage of 92.89 as compared to 85.9 per cent in Morni. The voting process was carried out from 7.30 am to 4 pm.
Block Panchayat Development Officer, Morni, Apurva said, “The voting process was concluded on time, as the majority of the voters turned up in the morning hours. There were as many as 34 polling booths where 13,192 voters had cast their votes. The results of sarpanchs and panchs are being announced, and the process is underway while that of Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be announced on January 28.”
One of the polling booths in Girda Gram Panchayat in Pinjore block recorded 100 per cent polling percentage while Keeratpur remained the only village where no elections were held for the seat of sarpanch with no eligible candidates. It is for the first time that electronic voting machines are being used for election of members of Panchayat Samitis in Panchkula. Out of the total 10 wards of Zila Parishad, one ward was reserved for women candidates, with five candidates in the fray, namely Jasvir Kaur, Jyoti Thakur, Balbir Kaur, Meena Kumari and Raspal Mehta.