Soon after the polls for the Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad in Himachal Pradesh ended on Thursday, the counting of votes started early this morning. The candidates are making arguments against these elections as independents and not on party symbols. According to the State Election Commission, the election process will be completed by January 23.
In the third and last stage of the panchayat elections on Thursday, nearly 81 percent turnout was recorded. The highest polling was listed to be 94 percent in Lodhi Majra panchayat of the Nalagarh development block in Solan. A total of 1,137-gram panchayats had gone to the polls in the last round of the three-phase panchayat Elections.
In the first phase of the elections, a total of 1,227 panchayats had gone to the polls. In the second phase on Tuesday, the polling took place in over 1,208 panchayats. The state has 3,615-gram panchayats, of which polling was held for 3,583, except 32 in Keylong of Lahaul-Spiti district.