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Re-Polling At 45 Booths

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) will conduct re-polling at 45 booths, where the election was disturbed during the first two phases of polling. The re-polling will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM on February 23 under tight security at the booths.

Re-polling will be carried out at 25 booths where voting could not be held during the first phase on February 16 and another 20 booths where voting disturbed due to violence & other reasons during the second phase of polling on February 18, the Commission said.

The police, so far, arrested 62 persons in the district in connection with poll disruption incidents during the first two phases of Panchayat election in the State.

The police have arrested 28 accused persons in Jajpur district while 6 people arrested in Dhenkanal, 5 in Jagatsinghpur and 23 accused persons arrested in Puri district, so far. The first two phases of Panchayat polls were held on February 16 and 18.    

Meanwhile, the police have made elaborate security measures for the third phase of election to be held tomorrow at 18,495 booths in 1,382 Gram Panchayats under 63 blocks of 29 districts.

The police said 240 platoons force, 1625 mobile patrolling parties along with district police officers have been deployed for the poll.  The election will be conducted with strict enforcement of State Election Commission guidelines and Covid protocols.