The third phase of panchayat elections was held on Tuesday in 31 blocks of Uttarakhand including the two blocks of Doiwala and Raipur which fall in Dehradun. State election commissioner Suvardhan said that by 5 pm, 65-70% polling had been held in the state.
The election commissioner said that around 12,000 candidates who had taken part in three tier panchayat elections in the state have been found ineligible for contesting the elections this time as they have not given the details of their spending in the last elections.
The candidature of 219 persons has been cancelled for not presenting papers last time. In the entire state, elections were held in the 28 blocks of Naugaon, Chinyalisaur, Kirtinagar, Narendra nagar, Agastyamuni, Joshimath, Ghat, Dasholi, Kanalichhina, Moonakot, Vin, Rudrapur, Gadarpur, Kapkot, Champawat, Lamgada, Dhauladevi, Takula, Bhainsiyachhana, Hawalbagh, Doiwala, Raipur, Bhimtal, Haldwani, Pauri, Pavo, Khirsu and Kaljikhal.
Senior officials of the district including the district magistrate and the senior superintendent of police supervised the election process in Dehradun and visited the two blocks of Doiwala and Raipur where polling was held on 613 booths. The counting of votes would be held on June 27. Apart from police, the jawans of Home Guards and Prantiya Rakshak Dak (PRD) were also deployed as an additional security measure.
Some voters created a ruckus at the Nehrugram Inter College polling booth in Dehradun over irregularities in the voters list.