Jamshedpur, May 19: Defying Maoists boycott calls, rural voters including women in large numbers participated in the second phase of the panchayat polls in East Singhbhum. Despite the heavy heat, heavy enthusiasm has been seen among the voters during the voting especially among women voters.
In the district, polling started from Thursday morning in all the booths of three blocks Dhalbhumgarh, Chakulia and Baharagora. There was a lot of enthusiasm among the voters about the exercise of their franchise. Long queues of voters were seen at most of the polling stations since morning. At the same time, tight security arrangements were made at all polling stations and cluster points so that people could vote fearlessly. Vigilance is being maintained especially at polling stations adjoining Odisha and West Bengal.
ADM (Law and Order) Nandkishore Lal visited the polling stations of the border area and took stock of the security arrangements. During this, he appealed to the voters to vote fearlessly. He asked the voters to use the seal at the right place so that the vote does not go to waste during the counting.
Moreover, Anganwadi workers are cooperating in taking the differently-abled voters to the booths in the Panchayat elections. At the same time, this time there was a lot of interest in women in choosing the government of the village. Especially the first-time voters who came to the polling stations with their voter cards in their hands. Since the said area is an agricultural dominated area, so male voters go to the fields in the morning. Due to which women were seen at the booths in the morning more than men. About 45.86 percent voting took place in all three blocks.
In the Panchayat elections being held in the second phase, voters are showing more enthusiasm than the first phase. In the first two hours, about 20 percent or more voting was done in all the three blocks Dhalbhumgarh, Chakulia and Baharagora. Talking about the figures, 19.85 percent voting was done in Dhalbhumgarh, 20 percent in Chakulia and 20.42 percent in Baharagora.
District Election Officer (Panchayat) Vijaya Jadhav visited the election control room in the morning and took stock of the situation. He directed the officers to inform them immediately in case of any discrepancy. According to officials, polling is going smoothly in the Naxal-affected blocks of the district. Long queues of voters, especially women, were visible at every polling station amid Naxalites’ call for boycott of elections. A large number of soldiers were also deployed at the polling stations.