More than 3.33 lakh candidates are within the fray in over 2.21 lakh seats within the first section for the posts of zila panchayat (district council) members, kshetra (block) panchayat members, village panchayat heads and wards.
“The polling is going on smoothly and no problem is reported from anywhere in the state. The polling, which started at 7 am, will continue till 8 pm,” a senior State Election Commission (SEC) official mentioned right here.
In Jhansi, Nirmala Sahu, a lady polling officer posted at Jauri Bujurg, a polling centre in Badagaon block died after she felt uneasiness, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), City, Vivek Tripathi mentioned.
The girl felt uneasiness and earlier than she could possibly be rushed to hospital she died, the ASP mentioned, including that the precise explanation for her dying could possibly be ascertained after autopsy.
The districts the place polling is happening included Ayodhya, Agra, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, Jhansi, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhadohi, Mahoba, Rampur, Raebareli, Shravasti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Saharanpur, Hardoi and Hathras.
For the submit of zila panchayat members, 11,442 candidates are within the fray from 779 wards, whereas 81,747 candidates are contesting in 19,313 wards of kshetra panchayats.
For the gram panchayat, there are 1,14,142 candidates for 14,789 posts. For gram panchayat wards, there are 1,26,613 candidates for 1,86,583 seats.
Apart from events just like the BJP, Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party and the Congress, amongst these within the race are the AIMIM, Aam Aadmi Party and Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad’s Azad Samaj Party, that are making their debut within the state. The AIMIM will contest polls with the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party.
The candidates will, nonetheless, contest on ‘free symbols’ given by the Election Commission.
In view of the coronavirus state of affairs, the State Election Commission (SEC) had mentioned in March that no more than 5 individuals could be allowed to accompany a candidate throughout door-to-door campaigning for the panchayat elections.
The voting for the second section will probably be on April 19, the third on April 26 and the fourth section on April 29, whereas the votes will probably be counted on May 2 together with the meeting election outcomes of 5 states.