Voting in 1000 UPs underway...

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Voting in 1000 UPs underway

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:49 AM, 28 November 2021   Updated: 12:44 PM, 28 November 2021

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Voting is underway in 1000 Union Parishads (UPs) in several districts in the third phase of the countrywide elections. 

The balloting began at 8:00 am on Sunday and will continue until 4:00 pm without any break in between. Electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been used in 33 UPs. 

Though the Election Commission earlier announced the third phase of election schedule for 1,007 UPs, the polls to seven UPs were postponed on different grounds. 

Over 50,000 candidates are running in the election to the local bodies. More than two crore people have voting rights under 10,159 polling stations in Sunday's election.

In the third phase election, 569 candidates have already been elected unopposed. Of the uncontested candidates, 100 are in chairman posts, while 132 are in reserved seats and 337 are in member posts. So, the polls will not be required against the chairman posts in the 100 UPs.

Apart from the unelected candidates, some 4,500 chairman contestants are running in the election (900 UPs), 11,000 women contestants (for reserved seats) and 34,500 member contestants in the polls.

The polls to the UP chairman posts are held in partisan manner, while the election to other posts - reserved seats and members posts - in non-partisan manner.