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UP Panchayat Election Results in 2021 Live Updates: Final results likely by Monday afternoon; 3.19 lakh candidates elected unopposed

UP Gram Panchayat Election Results in 2021, Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Election/Chunav Result 2021 Live Updates: There will be a strict curfew in the entire state during the counting of votes till Tuesday morning and no victory rallies will be permitted

UP Panchayat Election Results in 2021 Live Updates: As vote counting continued for the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Elections, chaos and crowding was observed in front of several counting rooms as counting agents queued up on Sunday for this particularly large election counting exercise. Amid a massive Covid surge, vote counting for UP’s panchayats would take place in a whopping 829 centers across the state.

By Sunday afternoon, 3.19 lakh candidates had been elected unopposed, the State Election Commission said. Final results are likely by Monday afternoon, according to the SEC.

While long queue and the cramped crowd was seen in several counting centers, Hathras saw massive crowds, blatantly flouting Covid-19 norms. Voting for the four-phased elections for 8.69 lakh posts ended on Thursday. A voter turnout of 75 percent was recorded in the final phase.

There will be a strict curfew in the entire state during the counting of votes till Tuesday morning and no victory rallies will be permitted.

This comes after the Supreme Court allowed the State Election Commission to hold vote-counting amid concerns over a Covid surge and the death of several teachers during poll duty. The apex court has also asked the SEC to fasten responsibility for observance of Covid-19 protocols at counting centers on gazettes officers as well as preserve CCTV footage of counting centers.

Elections were held in four levels of posts – gram panchayat, gram pradhan, block panchayat, and Zila panchayat. Officials expect at least half the posts of gram panchayat members to go unopposed, and 18-20% to go uncontested.

Interestingly, this is the first time all major political parties are openly backing candidates for panchayat elections — making the polls a virtual semi-final for the Assembly polls next year.

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