2,707 Karnataka gram panchayats go to polls in second phase today | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Amid the fear of a second wave of Covid-19, the second phase of the gram panchayat elections will be held on Sunday. Polling will begin at 7am and end at 5pm. The counting will take place on December 30.
According to the State Election Commission (SEC) officials, 2,707 gram panchayats across over 100 taluks will be covered. Half of the seats are reserved for women.

Elections to 2,930 GPs across 117 taluks were held in the first phase on Tuesday which recorded 82 per cent polling and it crossed 90 per cent in some districts, including Bengaluru Rural which is much higher than the turnout for the assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
Except for a few stray incidents, where polling was disrupted for some time, the elections were by and large peaceful. About 5,000 candidates were elected unopposed in GPs that went to polls in the first phase and another 5,000 were elected unopposed in GPs that are going to polls on Sunday. Following reports of alleged auctioning of seats in GPs in different districts, the SEC has asked the deputy commissioners to verify the process through which candidates are elected unopposed and countermand such polls if they find any illegality.
Wearing masks and maintaining social distance are mandatory. Provisions have been made for those who have tested positive or the primary or secondary contacts to vote in the last hour of polling.

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