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Arunachal: Counting of votes for Panchayat and Municipal elections underway

ITANAGAR: The counting of votes for the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat and Municipal elections is currently underway following proper COVID-19 safety protocols.

Arunachal Election Commissioner Hage Kojeen informed that the counting of votes began at 8 in the morning for 142 zila parishad seats, 1670 gram panchayat segments and 23 of 28 wards of Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) and Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC).

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Kojeen further said, “The counting of votes for panchayat and municipal polls is taking place in 40 centres, amid tight security arrangement. Officials have been asked to follow the COVID-19 protocols.”

Reportedly, 73percent voting was recorded in the rural and civic polls this year.

There are 242 Zilla Parishad and 8,175 Gram Panchayat seats in the state.

A total of 98 Zilla Parshad and 6,168 Gram Panchayat members have been elected without any contest, the official said.

At least 110 Gram Panchayat segments in the state have fallen vacant due to various reasons. The SEC will take a final call on conducting by-elections to these seats after the current electoral process is over, the official said.

Elections to the Zilla Parishad seat in Vijaynagar in Changlang district along with 40 Gram Panchayats and Hawai North Zilla Parishad segment in Anjaw were kept in abeyance for various reasons.

Of the 20 seats of Itanagar Municipal Corporation, five candidates from the ruling BJP have been elected unopposed.

The counting is on for 15 wards of Itanagar Municipal Corporation and eight of Pasighat Municipal Council, Kojeen said.

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