New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The counting for the Uttar Pradesh panchayat election is underway and the results for the same will be announced by late Monaday evening. So far, Ashok Pandey has been elected as village head of Govindpur Gram Panchayat. BJP's Devendra Yadav, son of former MLA Jai Prakash Anchal and Vinay Anchal is in the fray for the post of District Panchayat member. He is fighting for the post with Ranjit Chaudhary, son of Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary and Anand Chaudhary, son of former minister Ambika Chaudhary. 

28,067 candidates are in the fray for around 12,100 seats in Gram Panchayat Wards, 940 in Gram Panchayat, 1,441 in Panchayat Wards and 58 in District Panchayat wards. 

Meanwhile, several districts reported heavy violence, however, in Ballia no such incident was reported. The counting is being conducted peacefully under the strict guidelines of COVID-19. 

Here are the LIVE updates of Ballia Panchayat Chunav 2021

2:00 pm: Ashok Pandey elected as village head of Govindpur Gram Panchayat of Bairia block. He defeated Vishwanath Pandey. 

11:00 am: As per State Election Commission guidelines, victory celebration has been banned

9:10 am: Amid the strict security, Karnachhapara's two polling booths reported heavy violence between the supporters of two prime Gram Panchayat candidates. 

9:00 am: Ballia is one of the important districts that recorded 54.75 per cent voter turnout.

8:45 am: 28,067 candidates were seen fighting for around 12,100 seats in Gram Panchayat Wards, 940 in Gram Panchayat, 1,441 in Panchayat Wards and 58 in District Panchayat wards. 

8:34 am: Medical Health desks have been set up at all the centres. Officials showing any symptoms of COVID-19 such as cold, cough or fever will be immediately shifted to hospital. Those entering the counting centres will have to undergo mandatory thermal scanning.   

8:00 am: The counting of votes has begun in Uttar Pradesh 

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv