Chandigarh: The voting for panchayat polls began in Punjab on Sunday. People were seen queueing outside polling booths in several parts of the state.

Polling is being held in the state to elect sarpanches and panches for at least 13,276 villages amid tight security. The voting will conclude at 4 PM and counting of votes will take place once the polling ends.

A state election official said all arrangements have been made to hold smooth, transparent and peaceful polling. Around 8,000 candidates are in the fray for the post of sarpanches and panches. Nearly 1.27 crore voters are scheduled to take part in the polling.

It must be noted that almost 4,363 sarpanches and 46,754 panches have already been elected unopposed.