65% voting in Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samiti polls in Maha



65% voting in Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samiti polls in Maha 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.

PTI