Lucknow: Voting for the initially of the four-phase Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections, witnessed as a semi-final to the 2022 Assembly election, is staying held nowadays in 18 districts with ballot papers. Polling will acquire area from 7 am to 6 pm with Covid-19 protocols in area.
In the course of polling, the voters will have to put up a mask and sustain social distancing. Guidance have also been issued to make circles at a distance of 6-feet at the polling centres.
The Allahabad Superior Court docket experienced asked the point out govt to complete the panchayat-election procedure by Might 25.
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Checklist of districts that will go to polls in first period
Ayodhya, Agra, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, Jhansi, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhadohi, Mahoba, Rampur, Raebareli, Shravasti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Saharanpur, Hardoi and Hathras.
More than 3.33 lakh candidates in the fray
More than 3.33 lakh candidates in the fray in about 2.21 lakh seats in the first stage for the posts of zila panchayat (district council) associates, kshetra (block) panchayat users, village panchayat heads and wards.
For the post of zila panchayat users, 11,442 candidates are in the fray from 779 wards, while as many as 81,747 candidates are contesting in 19,313 wards of kshetra panchayats.
For the gram panchayat, there are 1,14,142 candidates for 14,789 posts. For gram panchayat wards, there are 1,26,613 candidates for 1,86,583 seats.
Get-togethers in the race
Aside from events like the BJP, BSP, Samajwadi Get together and the Congress, among the those in the race are the AIMIM, Aam Aadmi Party and Bhim Military main Chandra Shekhar Aazad’s Azad Samaj Bash, which are making their debut in the point out. The AIMIM will contest polls with the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party
In watch of the coronavirus problem, the State Election Fee (SEC) had said in March that not additional than 5 persons would be authorized to accompany a applicant during door-to-doorway campaigning for the panchayat elections.
In the meantime, Uttar Pradesh described 20,510 new COVID-19 situations in the last 24 hrs having the quantity of active conditions in the point out to 1,11,835.