Odishatv Bureau

Jharsuguda: Voting for Panchayat Samiti member post is being held at 11 panchayats under Laikera block of Jharsuguda district today after the stay order of Odisha High Court was lifted.

Samiti Member election had not been held in these panchayats following a stay order of the Court.

The voting commenced from 9 am and will continue till 12 noon. 128 booths have been set up for a total of 37,421 voters while there are 26 competitors for the post. Police force has been deployed at the booths to check any untoward incident.

Notably, six petitions had been registered in the High Court citing that reservation of seats in the current panchayat polls was over 50 percent. Following this the court had pronounced an interim stay order on conducting the elections at various blocks.