Ludhiana, September 22: The Punjab Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti Elections Results 2018 will be declared today. The counting of votes will begin at 8 am across the 22 districts of Punjab. Voting was held for the Punjab rural body polls on Wednesday, September 19 amid some incidents of violence and allegations of rigging. Following stray incidents, repolling was held in 28 polling booths in eight districts including Amritsar, Moga and Bhatinda. Stay with us for Live updates as counting of votes takes place today. Congress wins 25 percent seats unopposed in Majha region.
Overall a low voter turnout was recorded on the polling day on Wednesday. Here is the district-wise polling percentage that was recorded on September 19 - Bathinda 64 percent, Barnala 57 percent, Ferozepur 57 percent, Fatehgarh Sahib 64 percent, Faridkot 63 percent, Fazilka 65 percent, Gurdaspur 47 percent, Hoshiarpur 50.86 percent, Jalandhar 51.6 percent ,Kapurthala 60 Percent, Ludhiana 57 Percent, Moga 57 Percent, Sri Muktsar Sahib 58 Percent, Mansa 71.66 Percent, Patiala 59 Percent, Pathankot 57 Percent, Rupnagar 60, Sangrur 64 Percent, S.A.S. Nagar 65 Percent, S.B.S. Nagar 60.37 Percent and Taran Tarn 43.77 Percent.
Meanwhile, former deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and a few other party workers were booked for allegedly thrashing a Congress worker on the polling day. The incident took place at Killianwali village in Punjab's Muktsar district during Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti polls. The victim identified as Jatinderpal Singh (55) alleged that he was beaten up by a group of Akali workers led by Badal. According to a PTI report, his vehicle was damaged and he received life threats.
The polling took place on 354 Zila Parishad seats and 2,900 panchayat seats. In Majha region, the Congress has won 25 per cent of seats unopposed. In total, thirty-three candidates were elected unopposed to various Zila Parishads, and 369 nominees were elected unopposed to the Panchayat Samitis. A total of 17,268 polling booths were set up, 35 observers appointed and around 50,000 police personnel deployed for the polls in Punjab. There are a total of 1,27,87,395 registered voters in Punjab, comprising 60,99,053 women and 97 third-gender voters.