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January 12, 2016

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1.Around 79.5 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of panchayat election in Haryana on Sunday which was largely peaceful, barring a few stray incidents.

2.More than 79.5 per cent voters cast their ballots and the final turnout may go over 80 per cent, State Election Commissioner Rajeev Sharma said.

3.He said stray incidents of violence were reported from Palwal, Mewat, Bhiwani, Rohtak, and Fatehabad districts.

4.Polling took place to elect 416 ward members of zila parishad, 1,221 ward members of panchayat samitis, 2,583 sarpanch and 26,248 posts panch in 47 blocks.

5.As many as 15,682 panches, 93 sarpanches and 46 members of panchayat samitis were elected unopposed, according to the commission office.

6.He said counting of votes for the posts of sarpanches and panches began immediately after closing of polls and results of 152 sarpanch were declared by 8.30 pm.