Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 7:
Nearly 72 percent of polling was recorded in the elections for eight urban local bodies (ULBs) in Odisha, which concluded this evening. There were no reports of any untoward incident from any of the eight places that went to polls today.
While Dharmagarh NAC recorded the highest polling of 80 percent, the lowest polling was recorded in Paradip at 53 percent.
The polling which had started at 8 AM, concluded at 5 PM.
“There was no report of any untoward incident during the polling,” said State Election Commissioner (SEC) Rabi Narayan Senapati.
He said the counting of votes would begin at 8 AM tomorrow and the results would be announced later in the day.
Polling was held in Paradip, Sunabeda and Belpahar Municipalities and Redhakhol, Tusra, Dharmagarh, Daspalla and Balimela Notified Area Councils (NACs).
A total of 469 candidates are contesting for 129 wards spread over these eight ULBs.
Elaborate security arrangements had been made to ensure smooth polling in the 183 booths identified as sensiitive. Special security arrangements were made in 115 sensitive booths and 18 highly sensitive booths where CCTV cameras had been installed to monitor the election proceedings.
A total of 183 presiding officers and 549 polling officers were engaged in the polling.