Mumbai: An estimated 65 per cent voting
was recorded on Tuesday in elections to 27 Zilla Parishads and 305
Panchayat Samitis in Maharashtra and the entire process was by
and large peaceful, officials said.
As many as 7,116 candidates are in the fray for 1,624
seats in Zilla Parishads (ZPs) and 13,473 nominees for 3,218
seats of Panchayat Samitis (PS). There are over three crore
voters in rural Maharashtra.
"A total of 65 per cent voting was recorded in the
state. Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district recorded 67 per cent
voting," State Election Commissioner (SEC) Neela Satyanarayan
said in a press release here.
In Gadchiroli, which is witnessing two-phase polling,
voting began early, at 7.30 am, as compared to other districts
and ended at 3.30 pm. The second phase of polling in
Gadchiroli will be held on February 12.
As many as 59,914 polling booths were set up, of which
7,000 were declared sensitive, it said.
Counting will be taken up on February 17 along with
the votes polled in ten Municipal Corporations, including
Mumbai, that will go to election on February 16.