More than 85% votes were polled in the second phase of the elections to panchayati raj institutions in Haryana on Sunday. Sirsa recorded the highest turnout (more than 91%), followed by Panchkula and Kurukshetra (89%), Yamunanagar, Bhiwani and Fatehabad (88%), Jind and Ambala (87%), and Mahendergarh (85%). Polling was held on Sunday for 1,882 posts of sarpanches, 6,393 seats of panches and 956 posts of members of panchayat samitis.
The polling was brisk at most places and the heavy turnout did not slacken the pace of voting.
About 8,000 candidates, including 3,047 women, were in the fray for sarpanches’ seats and more than 13,000 for posts of panches. About 3,600 candidates were vying for posts of panchayat samiti members, as per Haryana State Election Commission (SEC) statistics.
The third and final phase of voting would be held on January 24.
Undertrials cast votes from jail
Ten undertrials from Dulheri village, lodged in Bhiwani district jail, cast their vote at the designated polling centre on the jail premises. The polling booth was created after the undertrials, behind bars in a murder case, moved an application before the additional district and sessions judge through their advocate to exercise their franchise. District jail superintendent Satwinder Godara said permission was granted to inmates under provisions of the Haryana Panchayati Raj Election Rules 1994.