The voting for the much-awaited single-phase Panchayat polls has begun today across West Bengal amid tight security. "The polling started at 7 am in the morning," an official said. It is the last major polls in the state before the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The polling will end at 5 pm and the counting will take place on May 17.
After a protracted legal battle in the Kolkata High Court and the Supreme Court involving the State Election Commission, the ruling Trinamool Congress, and the opposition parties, the three-tier Panchayat polls in West Bengal is being held. The run-up to the panchayat polls was marked by intense campaigning. Although top leaders of all parties campaigned for the polls, TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refrained from it.
According to West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) sources, today's elections are being held in 621 Zilla Parishads, 6,157 Panchayat Samitis, and 31,827 Gram Panchayats. Of the 48,650 seats in 3,358 Gram Panchayats, 16,814 were uncontested and of the 9,217 seats in 341 Panchayat Samitis, 3,059 were uncontested. In the 20 Zilla Parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested, the SEC said.
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