Odisha panchayat polls: 76% voter turnout recorded in 4th phase

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19: Barring stray incidents, the fourth phase of Panchayat elections was held peacefully in Odisha on Sunday with 76 per cent voter turnout recorded, State Election Commissioner R.N. Sepati said. He informed media persons that while the highest 87 per cent polling was recorded in Subarpur district, the lowest 65 per cent voter turnout was reported in Ganjam district. “The fourth phase of panchayat polls ended peacefully in the state, excluding some minor disturbances,” Sepati said. He said reports of disturbances at some places in the state were received. He said the polling process was disrupted at some polling booths due to errors in ballot papers. “We have sought a detailed report from District Collectors in this regard and further decision regarding re-poll will be taken after getting the report from the concerned officials,” said Sepati. The fourth phase of Panchayat polls covered 17,876 wards under 1,324 gram panchayats of 162 zilla parishad zones in 62 blocks of 28 districts. (IANS)