Counting for three-tier panchayat polls in Uttarakhand begins

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Dehra Dun, Sep 13 (UNI) Counting for the three-tier panchayat elections in Uttarakhand began at 0800 hrs amid tight security today.

A total of 89 counting centres across the hill state had been set up for the counting of votes at six school/college centres amid heavy police deployment. Over 50 police officials had been stationed at each centre under the supervision of one DySP and Inspector, DGP Subash Joshi told mediapersons.

Forming a sizeable chunk of all nominees for the three-tier polls held in 12 districts of the state, barring Hardwar were women after the state government reserved 50 per cent seats for them.

A total of 46,559 gram panchayat member posts were up for grabs, of which 29,328 candidates have been elected unopposed.

There was no nomination for another 10,251 posts. As many as 14,430 candidates were in the fray for the remaining 6,980 seats.

For 7,239 posts of Gram Pradhans, 850 candidates have been elected unopposed, barring 10 posts for which no nomination had been filed.

The total number of Chhetra Panchayat member posts were 3075, of which candidates for 128 posts were elected unopposed. No nominations had been filed for two seats and 13,549 candidates fought for 2,945 posts.

Altogether 2,461 candidates were seeking to be elected to 37 posts of members of District Panchayats.

Results were likely to be declared in a day or two, due to ballot papers being used instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

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