Panchayat Polls Phase-1: YSRCP retains its lead in 1383 panchayats

 The ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) won 1,383 gram panchayats in its favour out of 3,249 that went for polling to the gram panchayat in phase-1 of Panchayat elections underway in Andhra Pradesh.
District-wise gram panchayats won by the YSR Congress supported candidates for the positions of sarpanches and ward members include: Anantapur-101, Kurnool-118, Chittoor-289, Kadapa-126, Prakasam-93, Nellore-50, Guntur-178, Krishna-51, West Godavari-63, East Godavari-67, Visakhapatnam-83 and Srikakulam-164, as per the reports available at 10 pm. 
As the elections were held for 2,723 positions of sarpanches and 20,157 ward members in the gram panchayats of 12 districts with an exception for Vizianagaram district in the state, a large number of voters turned out to exercise their right to vote. Many also seemed excited while casting their vote in the ongoing pandemic.
Based on reports, voters cast their vote in favour of the contestants supported by both the ruling YSRCP, Telugu Desam and other parties even though the election was held on a non-party basis.
Of the total number of 3,249 positions of the sarpanches, 525 were unanimously elected and out of 32,502 positions of ward members, 12,185 were elected unanimously, earlier. It remains to be seen how the response from other phases will be seen and impact the state on the whole. 

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