Polling for elections to over 14,000 gram panchayats in 34 of the total 36 districts in Maharashtra is underway. Polling will end at 5.30 pm, except in four tehsils of Gadchiroli and Gondia districts, where voting will end at 3 pm.

There are 27,920 Gram Panchayats in Maharashtra and the polls will cover 34 districts, barring Mumbai city and Mumbai suburban. In over 14,000 Gram Panchayats in 34 districts of Maharashtra polling is underway.

Voting began at 7:30 am. Yesterday talking to PTI, state election commissioner UPS Madan had said, "All preparations have been made and the teams are in place." There 20,000-odd seats in the state where members have been elected unopposed, the official said.

There 20,000-odd seats in the state where members have been elected unopposed, the official said.

At least 14 Thane district villages have boycotted the gram panchayat elections to press for their demand to be a part of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.

With 14 villages boycotting the elections, five gram panchayats in the district will not go to polls on Friday, the official said.

The State Election Commission (SEC) had on Wednesday announced cancellation of poll process in Umrane and Khondamali gram panchayats, in Nashik and Nandurbar districts respectively, after it received evidence of public auctioning of the posts of sarpanch and members of the local governing bodies.