Voting has started for 34 Zilla Panchayat seats and 168 Taluka Panchayat seats for 88 seats in Vadodara district of Gujarat. Voting started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm.
The Congress was wiped out a few days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the local civic elections in six districts earlier this week.
Other districts including 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in the state are also going to vote today.
According to District Collector Shalini Agarwal, several returning officers and assistant returning officers have been deployed for this.
“9,61,830 voters registered for district and taluka panchayat elections and 94,250 registered for municipal elections. 1,308 presiding officers and 2,708 polling officers have been deployed,” Aggarwal said on Saturday.
With elections taking place in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, deployed officers will ensure that the COVID-19 guidelines set by the government are being followed. The District Collector informed that health kits and gloves will be provided for the employees and voters respectively.
“Police, Group Mobile, Police Magistrate Mobile, Local Police, Home Guards and SRP will be deployed to maintain law and order,” he said.