Odisha Panchayat Polls: Dongria Kondh tribe flees with ballot box

Rayagada: Disrupting the voting process, the members of Dongria Kondh tribe allegedly escape with ballot box from booth no 14 at Railima village under Sunakhandi Panchayat in Rayada district on Sunday.

According to sources, the villagers of Talamusudi and Upara Musudi entered the booth on pretext of casting a vote allegedly escaped with the ballot box. The reason behind this act was, the villagers found that resident names of these villages were missing from the voter’s list.

On being informed about the incident, SDPO and Tahasildar reached the spot and tried to pacify the villagers as the ballot box was with them.

At the end of the third phase the total voter turnout of 62 percent, informed the Secretary of State Election Commission (SEC).

As many as 56.53 lakh voters in 1382 panchayats in 63 blocks across 29 districts in Odisha were expected to cast their votes in the third phase.

As many 679 candidates had contested for the Zilla Parishad (ZP) elections in Odisha.

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