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73 per cent turnout for repoll in 32 Wards

While the highest 89 per cent of voting was reported from  Rayagada, the lowest of 25.4 per cent voters exercised their franchise in Nayagarh.

Published: 23rd February 2017 03:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2017 03:06 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: Nearly 73 per cent of the electorate on Wednesday cast their votes during repolling in 32 Wards spread over 10 districts in the State.

According to State Election Commission (SEC), repolling was held in Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Puri, Rayagada and Sambalpur districts where polling was disrupted during the last phase of the rural polls on Tuesday.

While the highest 89 per cent of voting was reported from  Rayagada, the lowest of 25.4 per cent voters exercised their franchise in Nayagarh. Polling percentage in Bhadrak was 74, Dhenkanal 73, Jajpur 76, Kandhamal 82, Keonjhar 72, Mayurbhanj 76.5, Puri 80 and Sonepur 79.

A report reaching the SEC office stated that repolling could not be held in six booths under Niali block of Cuttack as local residents demanded repolling in several other places.

Meanwhile, unofficial sources said while BJD has won in 477 ZP zones of the 848 seats in which polling was held, BJP has won in 292 zones. Congress remained a distant third with 62 seats while Independent and others have won in 17 seats.

BJD has established leads in 16 districts of Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Boudh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khurda, Koraput, Nayagarh, Nuapada and Puri where the party is in a position to form Zilla Parishads. The BJD has failed to open account in Jharsuguda district.

BJP will form councils in eight districts of Balangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Deogarh, Sonepur and Sambalpur while Congress is in a position to form Zilla Parishad in Jharsuguda. The situation remains unclear in Gajapati, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Sundargarh districts.

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