After 171 candidates were elected unopposed, 64.50% votes were polled in Panchayati raj institutions (PRI) by-elections for posts of zila parishad and panchayat pradhan.
By-elections were held for 251 PRI wards, of which 171 wards of zila parishad, panchayat samitis, pradhan, up-pradhan and members of gram panchayats have been elected unopposed.
Of total 1.75 lakh voters, only 90,288 were expected to cast their votes, of which 64.50% polled for by-elections. There were two seats of zila parishad in Kinnaur and Kangra districts, while ZP member from Kangra was elected unopposed and the fate of two candidates, who are in fray for Kinnaur zila parishad ward, will be decided on Monday.
Elections were proposed on 13 Panchayat samiti seats, of which five were elected unopposed. Election for the post of panchayat pradhan were held on 26 seats, while eight were elected unopposed. As many as 153 gram panchayat members, out of175, have been elected unanimously and now only 22 members were fray.
Though all over the number of votes remained low, but Sirmaur recorded highest 73.56 % polling, where elections were held on 10 posts, while lowest polling was recorded in Chamba district, where by-polls were held for 28 posts.
The 251 panchayat wards include Bilaspur (10), Chamba (28), Kangra (48), Kinnaur (16), Kullu (120), Mandi (42), Shimla (20), Sirmaur (10), Solan (7), Una (21), Hamirpur (30) and Lahaul & Spiti (7).
Result for panchayat posts will be declared on Sunday night, while for zila parishad and block samiti, the results will be declared on Monday.
Earlier, elections to total 3,243 panchayats were held in December 2010 to elect 19,413 panchayat members, 3,243 panchayat presidents and vice-presidents, 1,681 panchayat samiti and 251 zila parishad members and five-year term of these members would expire in December 2015.
NOTA for First time
For the first time, none of the above (NOTA) option was given to the voters. NOTA was first used during Lok Sabha elections in the state, where it secured over 26,000 votes on Shimla, Mandi, Kangra and Hamirpur Lok Sabha seats.