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Pradeep Pattanayak

Amidst tight security, re-polling at 65 booths, where voting was disrupted cue to violence and other reasons during the five phases of the recently concluded Panchayat elections in the State, was held on Friday. 

No incident of violence was reported during the re-polling today. 

Re-polling was held at 14 booths in Jajpur district. Of them, while six booths were in Korei Block, the remaining eight were in Binjharpur Block of the district. 

Similarly, voters of Niali Block in Cuttack district once again exercised their franchise on Friday. The re-polling was held in 14 booths in the Block. While voters cast their votes at booth nos-1, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 19 of Pokharigaon Panchayat peacefully, re-polling was also observed at booth no-14 of Bilasuni Panchayat and booth no-12 of Alana Panchayat without any incident. 

These were the booths that witnessed violence during the fifth phase of the Panchayat elections. In order to make the re-polling free from any untoward incidents, voting was held at the above mentioned booths amidst heavy deployment of police force. 

At the same time, re-polling was also held in Rajanagar village of Narasinghapur Panchayat under Oupada Block in Balasore district. Booth no-14 in Railima village of Niayamgiri area in Rayagada district also witnessed a peaceful re-polling. 

Meanwhile, all the five phases of the three-tier Panchayat Election got over in the State on Friday. The counting will begin from 8 am on February 26 (Saturday). While counting for 315 Zilla Parishad zones will be conducted on February 26, the same for 307 and 229 ZP zones will be conducted on February 27 and 28, respectively.

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