Odisha Panchayat Polls: Voting for 4th phase of election to take place in 163 ZP of 27 dist

Bhubaneswar: The voting for the fourth phase of the three-tier panchayat polls in Odisha on February 22, 2022, in 163 Zilla Parishads of 27 districts.

Reportedly, as many as 51.31 lakh voters will cast their ballots in 17,089 booths in 12,054-gram panchayats in 64 blocks.

The sensitive and highly sensitive booths are being continuously monitored. The polling party has already arrived at the booths, added reports.

It is to be noted that 78.6 % of the people have voted in the third phase of the Odisha panchayat election at 18,495 booths in 1,382 Panchayats of 63 Blocks in 29 districts across the state.

In the third phase of the Odisha panchayat election, journalists were brutally assaulted in Jajpur while they were covering the voting. The journalists have been identified as Debashis Sahoo, Gulshan Ali Nawaz and Bijay Sahoo from leading private Odia channels.

The three journalists had gone to cover the alleged loot of ballot boxes from two booths no 4 and 6 at Bachala Panchayat under Binjharpur block when they were brutally assaulted by some unidentified miscreants. The miscreants reportedly threw the boxes in a nearby pond. The vehicles of the journalists were also reportedly ransacked.

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