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HP civic polls see 66% voter turnout, several Covid-19 patients cast votes

The local body elections in Himachal Pradesh recorded a total turnout of 65.80 per cent on Sunday with several COVID-19 patients casting their votes, state election commission officials said

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Himachal Pradesh elections | Himachal Pradesh | Himachal pradesh government

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Women voters show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the first phase of the general elections, at Umpher in Ri-Bhoi district
Women voters show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting vote

The local body in recorded a total turnout of 65.80 per cent on Sunday with several COVID-19 patients casting their votes, state election commission officials said.

With COVID protocol in place, around 1.97 lakh people cast their votes for 401 ward members in 29 municipal councils and 21 nagar panchayats of the state.

Six newly-created nagar panchayats were not included in the election process.

Una district recorded the highest voter turnout of 73.40 per cent, followed by Bilaspur (70.20 per cent), Hamirpur (69.80 per cent), Chamba (69.60 per cent) and Kangra (69.50 per cent).

The lowest turnout was recorded in Mandi (55.80 per cent) and Solan (56.60 per cent) districts.

A total of 66people who were either COVID patients or those staying under quarantine cast their votes, they said, adding that the exact number of COVID patients who exercised their franchise was not immediately available.

Following the safety protocol, COVID patients and people under quarantine were allowed to reach the polling stations and cast their votes. Sixteen such votes were cast in Mandi, 15 in Una and 10 in Bilaspur.

Polling was held from 8 am to 4 pm and counting was underway at the municipal headquarters. The results are to be declared immediately after the counting of votes.

A total of 1,185 candidates contested the elections, with Kangra district having the highest number of wards and candidates.

Polling was not held in some wards where candidates were elected unopposed.

to the five municipal corporations in the state will be held later and to most panchayati raj institutions in the state are scheduled to be held in three phases beginning next Sunday.

Municipal and panchayat elections in Himachal are not held on party symbols.

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First Published: Sun, January 10 2021. 20:50 IST