In Maharashtra local body polls for the six Zilla Parishads of Dhule, Nandurbar, Akola, Washim, Nagpur and Palghar and its Panchayat Samities are underway. The polls are being held for 85 constituencies of the six Zilla Parishads and 144 constituencies of Panchayat Samitis in it. AIR correspondent reports that polling started at 7.30 am today and in the second round of polling an average turnout of 20.49 per cent has been recorded from three districts of Dhule, Washim and Akola. While Washim recorded a highest of 23 per cent till 11.30 Am, Dhule and Akola registered 22.27 percent and 16.22 per cent respectively.
Earlier in the first round of polling an average of 10.73 per cent turnout was registered from three districts of Nagpur, Palghar and Nandurbar. While Nagpur registered 10.5 percent turnout till 9.30 am, Palghar recorded 11 percent and Nandurbar 10.71 percent during the same time. Till the filing of this report, polling has been peaceful and no untoward case has been reported. The counting of votes will take place tomorrow. A total of 367 candidates are contesting for 85 Zilla Parishad seats, while, for 144 Panchayat Samities 555 candidates are in the fray. Following a court order, the voting was first scheduled for 19th July, but Election Commission later postponed the same due to the Covid Pandemic.