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Rajasthan to hold panchayat polls amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that is spreading like wildfire, Rajasthan is all set to go ahead with panchayat elections. The State Election Commission, Rajasthan, has announced the polls for the remaining 3,848 gram panchayats.

Elections will be conducted in four phases on September 28, October 3, October 6 and October 10. Elections will be held for the post of panch and sarpanch. The panchayat election was earlier scheduled for April, but it had to be deferred because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now it is expected that after the panchayat poll, the Rajasthan government will also conduct the civic polls.

Polling to start from September 28

The first polling for the panch and sarpanch elections will commence from September 28. The second phase of the panchayat polls will be held on October 4, the third on October 6 and the last on October 10.

After the elections were deferred due to the pandemic, the court intervened. The court asked the government to complete the elections by October 15. Compelled by the decision of the court, the state government has to conduct the elections.

900 voters to cast votes in each booth

As a precautionary measure due to COVID-19, the number of voters per booth has been reduced.  Instead of 1,100 voters, now 900 will cast their votes in each booth.

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The number of polling booths will be increased and the polling time has been increased by an hour.

Filing of nominations to begin from September 19

The process of filing of nominations for the election will begin from September 19. The process will be completed by September 30 as the elections are held in four phases. Similarly, the counting of votes will be done immediately after the polling ends.

In the first phase, elections will be held for 1,003 posts for 26 districts. During the second phase, polls will be held for 1028 posts. In the third phase, it will be for 943, whereas elections will be held for 874 posts in the fourth phase. A total of 35,968 ward panchs will be also elected during these elections.

Elections already completed in 7,463 gram panchayats

The state election commission has already completed elections for the panchs and sarpanchs in 7463 gram panchayats between January and March. After that, the elections for 3861 panchayats were to be held in April, but because of the pandemic, the election was postponed. Meanwhile, 13 gram panchayats were abolished following the inclusions of these gram panchayats in the local municipalities.

 

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