Odisha Panchayat Polls: Voting Begins Amid Tight Security

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Bhubaneshwar: The first phase of the three-tier panchayat elections are set to begin in Odisha today with adherence to COVID-19 safety norms.

The polls will be held in five phases on February 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24. Voters will be able to exercise their franchise between 7 am and 1 pm.

Over 67.51 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 22,379 booths to elect 200 Zilla Parishad members, sarpanches, Panchayat Samiti members, and ward members.

Of the 22,379 polling booths, 3,357 have been identified as sensitive where video recording arrangements have been made.

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