Panchayat polls: Modi thanks people of Odisha for unstinting support to BJP

Panchayat polls: Modi thanks people of Odisha for unstinting support to BJP

In the first phase of polls, a total of 188 Zilla Parishad seats were contested.

"Repolling, if any, will be held after receiving the District Collectors' reports". In Jajpur's Danagadi, violence affected the poll process whereas in Rayagada's Bisamkatak, miscreants entered the booths in a ward and disrupted the voting.

The election of Samiti Members, Sarpanches and Ward Members under the Zilla Parishad Zones were also held simultaneously.

Likewise, tension ran high at Brahmagiri in Puri district after the husband of a sarpanch candidate of Ghatukuli panchayat was injured in a violent attack following which he was rushed to a hospital. "No polling is now planned in the areas where people have boycott elections", Senapati said.

"Our polling staff waited till end of the voting time and not a single vote was given in the 10 panchayats". Five seats were won by other parties.

"Though there were some reports of stray incidents, polling was by and large peaceful", State Election Commissioner Rabinarayan Senapati told reporters here.

Reportedly, there have a tough fight between BJD and BJP in Cuttack, Nabarangpur, Nayagarh and Kendrapara districts.

Over 1.10 lakh police personnel and government officials were on duty in the first phase for smooth conduct of the elections during the day in which the average voters turn out remained 71 per cent.

In the Maoist-hit Malkangiri district's Korukunda block, there was zero turnout of voters in six of the 18 booths set up in Nakamamudi panchayat.

He said they have received information about poll violence at some places in the state. The second phase of elections will be held on Wednesday and voting in the fifth and final phase is slated for February 21.