New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The first phase of polling for the three-tier panchayat election in Chhattisgarh's Bastar is taking place today (28 January). A well-organized system has been put in place by the State Election Commission for orderly and peaceful voting. State Election Commissioner Thakur Ram Singh has asked voters to reach out to maximum number of polling stations and vote.

In the first phase, 61,74,224 voters from 4, 847 gram panchayats across 57 development blocks of the Bastar will exercise their franchise. These include 30 lakh 85 thousand 320 male voters, 30 lakh 88 thousand 835 female voters and 69 voters of third gender.

Fate of 1,16,776 candidates will be decided in the upcoming election.

12,572 polling stations have been set up for the first phase of polling. For this, 80 thousand polling personnel and 976 sector officers has been put in place. All polling parties have been dispatched with polling materials. In the first phase, votes will be cast for 42,404 posts. These include 36, 473 posts for Panch, 4,620 posts of sarpanch, 1,144 posts of Janpad panchayat member and 167 posts of zilla panchayat member.

Meanwhile, Panchayat representatives have been elected unopposed on 29,919 polling posts in the first phase. It includes 29,657 candidates for the post of Panch, 216 for Sarpanch and 46 candidates for Janpad member have been elected unopposed.

According to the officials of the state election commission, the Panchayat elections in Chhattisgarh are to be held in three phases. Voting will be held on January 28, January 31 and February 3. Counting will take place an hour after the vote.

Polling in naxal-affected areas will be held from 6.45 to 2 pm. In the rest parts of the state, voting will be held from 7 am to 3 pm. Voting in the panchayat elections will be held on ballot paper.

Posted By: James Kuanal