Orissa panchayat polls: 69.4% turnout in 5th phase
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 21:29
Bhubaneswar: Over 69 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in fifth and last phase of panchayat polls in Orissa on Sunday which witnessed stray incidents of violence and booth capturing in some places.

"An estimated 69.41 per cent of the 311.85 lakh electorate voted in the final phase of panchayat elections," State Election Commission sources said here.

Nayagarh district registered the maximum voter turnout of 85 per cent, while Bargarh and Jagatsinghpur districts recorded 77 per cent polling. The turnout in Cuttack district was 62 per cent, lowest in the state, the sources said.

The fifth phase of polling was held for 111 zilla parishad zones and 806 gram panchayats spread over 48 blocks in 24 districts. The elections for first four phases had been held on February 11, 13, 15 and 17.

Polling passed off by and large peacefully barring stray incidents of violence and attempted booth capturing in districts like Jajpur, Ganjam, Puri and Cuttack, sources said.


First Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 21:29

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