Civic polls in W Odisha register 69 per cent turnout

Bhubaneswar: An impressive 69 per cent voters cast their ballots in the elections to the 20 urban local bodies in nine Western Odisha districts on Friday, according to an official.
While the voter turnout was highest in Kesinga in Kalahandi district with 81 per cent, Bhawanipatna town of the district recorded the lowest with 55 per cent. An estimated 4.93 lakh urban voters sealed the fates of 1,102 candidates in the fray for the post of councilors in 301 wards.
“The polling in all the places was impressive and largely peaceful. At few places there were reports of EVM glitches, but those were rectified immediately,” Rabindra Nath Sahu, Special Secretary, State Election Commission said, adding counting of votes will be held on November 23.
Though both Congress and BJP had put up a dismal show in the first phase of civic polls held on 19 September, the party stalwarts and workers have left no stone unturned to register win with a big margin in the second phase.
The ruling BJD had won 47 of the 66 ULBs in the first phase.
The State Election Commission (SEC) had to postpone polls in western Odisha due to opposition from lawyers and politicians, demanding establishment of a high court bench in the region.