Rural body elections: Polling begins

The first phase of rural civic body elections began today amidst tight security. Over 48,000 police personnel have been deployed on duty to ensure that there are no untoward incidents during the polling.

The polling is happening in 24,680 booths. It is expected that 1.30 crore people will exercise their democracy duty in the first phase of election. Web cameras are installed in all polling booths and flying squads are monitoring the proceedings.

Every voter casts four votes in rural local bodies. Elections are being held for about 91,000 posts. About 2,30,000 voters are in the fray for the rural body election which will be held in two phases. The second phase election will be held on 30 December.

The votes will be counted on 2 January and the results will be announced on the same day. Winners will assume office on 6 January. Following this, indirect elections to President posts will be held on 11 January from 7 am to 5 pm. Nominations for the election began on 9 December and the final candidates list was announced on 19 December.