Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 19:

On an average 76%, voters exercised their franchise in the fourth phase of the panchayat polls across Odisha, informed State Election Commissioner (SEC) Rabi Narayan Senapati here today.

Senapati said while highest polling of 87% was recorded in Subarnapur district, Ganjam district had the lowest voter turnout of 65%.

Barring some stray incidents, the fourth phase of the panchayat polls in the state was peaceful.

“The fourth phase of panchayat polls ended peacefully in the state, excluding some minor disturbances,” Senapati said.

He said reports of disturbances at some places in the state were received adding that the polling process was disrupted at some polling booths due to errors in ballot papers.

“We have sought a detailed report from District Collectors in this regard and further decision regarding re-poll will be taken after getting the report from the concerned officials,” said Senapati.

The fourth phase of Panchayat polls covered 17,876 wards under 1,324 gram panchayats of 161 zilla parishad zones in 62 blocks of 28 districts.

Arrangements were in place for 50,61,974 voters to exercise their franchise.

The panchayat polls are being held in five phases. The last phase of the polls will be held on February 21.