In Uttar Pradesh, polling is underway for the first phase of Panchayat elections in 18 districts. Voting, which began at 7 this morning, will end at 6 pm.
The state election commission has issued orders for strict adherence to the covid protocol during the polling. Voters will have to put up masks and maintain social distancing.
Instructions have also been issued to make circles at a distance of six feet at the polling centres. Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections are being held in four phases on 15th, 19th, 26th and 29th of this month while the counting of votes will take place on May 2.