West Bengal Panchayat Elections Voting Latest Updates: The voting for West Bengal Panchayat Elections 2018 will be held across 20 districts between 7 am and 5 pm amid tight security today, Monday. Around 1,500 security personnel from Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh are in the state to reinforce security arrangements for the polls. Security forces conducted route marches in various parts of the state as part of security arrangements.
According to the reports, nearly 5.08 crore voters —74% of total electors in the State will cast their franchise today. Notably, the polls were earlier scheduled between May 1 and May 7 but it was postponed to May 14, following violence-related incidents between Mamata Banerjee-led Trninamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cadres.
Three TMC workers were injured in a clash which broke out between the cadres of the two parties on May 8 in Gosaba village of South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. A TMC worker alleged that some BJP workers had attacked their three party cadres. after a BJP meeting over panchayat elections in the state. Following the clash, more than 30 houses of BJP workers were allegedly vandalised by the TMC workers on May 9. Last month, six policemen were injured in a BJP-TMC clash at Usti in South 24 Parganas district over the filing of nominations for the panchayat elections.
According to the West Bengal State Election Commission , of the 48,650 seats in 3,358 gram panchayats, 16,814 were uncontested and of the 9,217 seats in 341 panchayat samitis, 3,059 were uncontested. In the 20 Zilla Parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested, the SEC said. The TMC has no opposition in 34 per cent of the seats. The results will be declared on Thursday, May 17.