UP Panchayat Election Results 2021 Live Updates: With the counting for the three-tier panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh extending to Monday evening, both the ruling BJP and opposition Samajwadi Party claimed their candidates had won over half of the zila panchayat seats.
The BJP has won just eight out of the 40 zila panchayat seats in Ayodhya, a disappointment for the ruling party in the district on which the Centre and the state government have lavished much attention.
Vote counting for the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Elections, which began Sunday, saw chaos and crowding in front of several counting rooms. Amid a massive Covid surge, vote counting for UP’s panchayats is taking place in a whopping 829 centres across the state.
By Sunday afternoon, 3.19 lakh candidates had been elected unopposed, the State Election Commission said.
Voting for the four-phased elections for 8.69 lakh posts ended on Thursday. A voter turnout of 75 per cent was recorded in the final phase.
There will be a strict curfew in the entire state during the counting of votes till Tuesday morning and no victory rallies will be permitted.
This comes after the Supreme Court allowed the State Election Commission to hold vote counting amid concerns over a Covid surge and the death of several teachers during poll duty. The apex court has also asked the SEC to fasten responsibility for observance of Covid-19 protocols at counting centres on gazettes officers as well as preserve CCTV footage of counting centres.
Elections were held in four levels of posts – gram panchayat, gram pradhan, block panchayat and zila panchayat. Officials expect at least half the posts of gram panchayat members to go unopposed, and 18-20% to go uncontested.
Interestingly, this is the first time all major political parties are openly backing candidates for panchayat elections — making the polls a virtual semi-final for the Assembly polls next year.