On Monday, the vote count entered the second day of the crucial panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh.

In a statement released on Sunday, the State Election Commission (SEC) said that according to information on poll results pouring in from different parts of the state, more than 1.12 lakh have emerged victorious from the post of members of the Panchayat Village, 16510 won the post of Pradhan from Panchayat Village, while 35,812 candidates claimed victory as members of the Kshetra Panchayats.

“The count is proceeding peacefully and the final results are likely to come tomorrow (Monday) afternoon,” the SEC said.

According to reports, BJP is in control as the vote count entered the second day. In Zila Panchayat’s election, the BJP won in more than 800 out of 3,050 constituencies in the state. The party hopes that a BJP board of directors will be formed across the state’s 75 Zila panchayats.

Meanwhile, political parties like AAP and AIMIM made their panchayat election debuts this time around, outside of major players like the BJP, BSP, Congress and the Samajwadi party, to test the waters for the elections to the Next year’s assembly in the state.

The vote counting process began a day after the Supreme Court granted leave to it, pointing out that COVID-19 protocols are followed during the process. However, disturbing images have surfaced on social media showing COVID-19 rules flouted at various counting centers in Uttar Pradesh.

On Sunday there were scuffles involving supporters of the candidates in three districts and social distancing to fight the spread of the coronavirus was launched in several locations, according to reports.

More than three lakh candidates were declared unopposed by the SEC, shortly before the start of the count.

Eight polling officers were expelled from the Chhibramau tehsil counting center in Kannauj after testing positive for the coronavirus in rapid antigenic tests (RAT).

Meanwhile, 61 counters in 10 blocks of Kanpur Nagar District have tested positive for COVID-19 until Sunday evening.

More than 2,000 count officers suffered RATs on Sunday after the SEC issued instructions that they would only be allowed to enter counting centers if they produced a negative RT-PCR or RAT report or took both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, said Dr AK Singh, a nodal chief medical officer.

“Sixty-one officers have tested positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen tests conducted at points of entry to all counting centers,” Singh told PTI, adding that a total of 2,037 RATs have been achieved.

(With PTI entries)

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