Bhubaneswar: About 68 per cent of voters on Thursday exercised their franchise in 66 urban local bodies (ULB) of Odisha where polling was by and large peaceful except some stray incidents, official sources said.
"According to information received so far, voters` turn-out was above 68 per cent. There was no major violence from any part, including Maoist-hit districts," said State Election Commissioner (SEC) Ajit Kumar Tripathy.
Stating that polling was delayed in some places due to defects in EVMs, Tripathy said re-polling would be conducted in two booths of Vyasanagar in Jajpur district tomorrow.
"The SEC has ordered re-poll due to technical snags developed in Electronic Voting Machines during polls this morning. Re-polling will be held in booth no 32 and 33 under ward no 20 in Vyas Nagar Municipality. Counting of the entire municipal poll will be held on Saturday, while counting of Jajpur municipality will be held as per schedule," said Bharat Chandra Behera, Jajpur district Election Officer.
However, Tripathy said counting of votes would be made tomorrow as per the poll schedule announced by State Election Commission (SEC). Reports of EVM defects came from Koraput, Konark, Balasore, Puri and Nabrangpur, the official said.
In Nabrangpur, one Mohana Rao was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a magistrate in ward no.1, the official said.
The official said there was no violence in Maoist hit districts of southern Odisha. "The voting percentage was about 70 per cent at Umarkote in Maoist hit Nabarangpur district," he pointed out.
Meanwhile, fates of 1,103 candidates in 66 ULBs were sealed in the EVMs.