Stage set for first phase of panchayat polls in Himachal
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Last Updated: Monday, December 27, 2010, 21:58
  
Shimla: An estimated 15 lakh electorates will exercise their franchise in the first phase of panchayat polls in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday.

In a total of 1091 panchayats, close to 15 lakh voters would exercise their franchise at 6895 polling booths for election of President, Vice president, Panch, Zila Parishad and Block Samiti members, State Election Commission sources said.

The post of President and Vice President, for the first time, would be held through direct vote with total number of nominations crossing 90,000.

A record number of contestants are in the field for the post of Vice President.

The women's quota has been increased from 33 to 50 per cent and consequently, about 50,000 women are in the fray, they said.

In the second phase of polling on December 30, 1072 panchayats would go to polls and about 15.50 lakh electorates will exercise their franchise at 6365 booths.

The elections were being held in 3195 out of 3243 panchayats but 110 panchayats have been elected unanimously and election in 48 panchayats in snowbound areas have been deferred, the sources said.

PTI


First Published: Monday, December 27, 2010, 21:58


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