Himachal: 72% turnout in urban local body elections in Kangra

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamshala
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2016 22:15 IST
An elderly woman after casting vote at a polling booth for gram panchayat elections in Chamba district on Sunday. (Shyam Sharma/HT Photo)

Voting for the eight urban local bodies (ULBs), including six municipal councils and two nagar panchayats, was held peacefully on Sunday.

Kangra deputy commissioner- cum-district election officer Ritesh Chauhan said that over 72.12% voting was reported in the 46 wards of the eight ULBs, where a total of 231 candidates were in the fray.

“Of the total 46,214 registered voters, including 23,628 males and 22,586 females, as many 33,331 exercised their franchise. The voter turnout among female voters was higher than that of males,” said Chauhan, adding that 16,789 male voters and 16,543 female voters cast their votes.

The six municipal councils in Kangra district are Nurpur, Kangra, Dehra, Palampur, Nagrota Bagwan and Jawalamukhi while Jawali and Baijnath-Paprola are nagar panchayats.

He said the electorates in two wards of Baijnath-Paprola nagar panchayat boycotted the polls.

The Congress has won the Jawlamukhi municipal council as its result was declared first. Out of the seven wards in Jawlamukhi municipality, four were reserved for women, two were general and one reserved for scheduled caste (SC) male.

According to the reports, the Congress has won four seats while Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)-backed candidates have bagged two seats while one seat was won by an Independent.

The post of the Jawalamukhi municipal council chief is reserved for women. The constituency is represented by Congress MLA Sanjay Rattan – a close confidant of chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

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