With Covid protocol in place, elections to municipal councils and nagar panchayats in Himachal Pradesh saw a voter turnout of 69.30 per cent on Sunday, including voting by 68 Covid patients and people under quarantine, state election commission officials said.
A total of around 2.06 lakh people cast their votes for 394 ward members in 29 municipal councils and 21 nagar panchayats of the state (six newly created nagar panchayats were not included in the election process).
Una district recorded the highest voter turnout of 76.20 percent, followed by Solan (71.90 percent), Kangra (70.80 percent), Bilaspur (70.20 percent) and Hamirpur (70.10 percent). The least turnout was recorded in Shimla (62.40 percent) and Mandi (63.50 percent) districts.
Following the safety protocol, Covid patients and people under quarantine were allowed to reach the polling stations and cast their votes. 68 such votes were cast, including 18 in Mandi, 15 in Una and 10 in Bilaspur.
Polling was held from 8 am to 4 pm, and counting was underway at the municipal headquarters at the time of filing of this report.
The results are to be declared immediately after the counting of votes.
A total of 1,174 candidates contested the elections, with Kangra district having the highest number of wards and candidates. Polling was not held in some wards where the candidates were elected unopposed.
Elections to the five municipal corporations in the state will be held later and elections to most panchayati raj institutions in the state are scheduled to be held in three phases beginning next Sunday. Municipal and panchayat elections in Himachal are notheld on party symbols.
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