Odisha Polls: Odisha Panchayat polls: BJD leading in 249 Zilla Parishad seats followed by BJP 32

The ruling Biju Janata Dal is leading in 249 Zilla Parishad Areas (ZPZ) seats, while BJP candidates are ahead in 30 and Congress 13, according to early trends in Odisha Panchayat elections. Officials gave this information on Saturday. State Election Commission (SEC) officials said the counting of votes for 315 seats in the Zilla Parishad zone began at 8 am on Saturday at various block headquarters.

He said trends are available for 299 Zilla Parishad seats, in which BJD is leading in 249 seats, BJP on 32, Congress in 13 seats.

He said that for the remaining 307 seats in the Zilla Parishad Zone, the counting of seats would be done on February 27 and 229 in the Zilla Parishad Zone on February 29.

If any discrepancies are found between the ballot account prepared by the Presiding Officer and the actual ballot papers in the ballot box, the actual ballot papers found in the ballot box will be taken into account and calculated accordingly and results declared, SEC Secretary RN Sahoo said. said.

The counting of votes will be done for three days from Saturday. Polling was held in five different phases on February 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24. The overall voter turnout this time was 78.6 per cent, which was slightly better than 78.03 per cent in 2017.

Sahu said the counting of votes is done under strict adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines and CCTV cameras installed in the hall. Each counting table consists of a counting supervisor, two counting assistants and a Class IV staff. The ballot papers are being separated by color as per the procedure followed by counting of bundles of 50.

A total of 2.2 lakh candidates had contested in the election. The SEC had declared 36,523 ward members, 126 sarpanchs, 326 panchayat samiti members and one zilla parishad member unopposed as the winners.

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