Maharashtra Gram Panchayat polls: Voting underway in 14,000 gram panchayats in 34 districts

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Gram Panchayats polls will likely be performed in 34 districts of the state below the watchful eyes of the election fee on Friday. Polling will happen between 7.30 AM and 5.30 PM.

The State Election Fee had introduced the dates for the polls in December final yr. The mannequin election code of conduct got here into pressure instantly after the announcement.

There are 27,920 Gram Panchayats in Maharashtra and the polls will cowl 34 districts, barring Mumbai metropolis and Mumbai suburban. There 20,000-odd seats in the state the place members have been elected unopposed, an election fee official stated.

Other than this, 14 villages have boycotted the Gram Panchayat elections to press for his or her demand to be part of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Company.

With 14 villages boycotting the elections, 5 Gram Panchayats in the district won’t go to polls on Friday, the official stated.

The State Election Fee had on Wednesday stated that these affected by coronavirus an infection or people who find themselves quarantined can forged their vote half an hour earlier than the polling ends.

The physique temperature of voters who usually are not affected by COVID-19, however reside in containment zones will likely be checked twice, it was said. Voters whose physique temperature is increased than the prescribed restrict will likely be given tokens, and so they can forged vote half an hour earlier than the polling ends, the Fee had stated.

All of the polling centres and materials/gear have been sanitised in view of the elections, the Fee stated.

The Fee additionally introduced on Wednesday that the ballot course of has been cancelled for Umrane and Khondamali Gram Panchayats in Nashik and Nandurbar districts respectively after it acquired proof of public auctioning of the posts of sarpanch and members of the native governing our bodies.

The Gram Panchayat polls will likely be held in the wake of the MVA’s victory in the Legislative Council elections for the graduates’ and academics’ constituencies that came about final yr.

The MVA had gained 4 out of six seats, whereas two others have been bagged by an Impartial candidate and the BJP. In response to political observers, the Gram Panchayat election is being seen as a barometer to gauge the general public temper in rural areas in addition to the power of the events.

Nonetheless, the Gram Panchayat politics isn’t all the time in sync with that on the state degree, they really feel.

The district-wise tally of Gram Panchayats going to polls are as follows: Thane (158), Palghar (3), Raigad (88), Ratnagiri (479), Sindhudurg (70), Nashik (620), Dhule (218), Jalgaon (783), Ahmednagar (767), Nandurbar (86), Pune (748), Solapur (658), Satara (879), Sangli (152), Kolhapur (433), Aurangabad (618), Beed (129), Nanded (1,015), Osmanabad (428), Parbhani (566), Jalna (475), Latur (408), Hingoli (495), Amravati (553), Akola (225), Yavatmal (980), Washim (152), Buldhana (527), Nagpur (130), Wardha (50), Chandrapur (629), Bhandara (148), Gondia (189) and Gadchiroli (362).

Counting of votes will happen on January 18.

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