Around 65 per cent polling was reported in elections to 147 municipal councils and 17 nagar panchayats in Maharashtra yesterday.

The voting witnessed sporadic incidents of group clashes, an official said.

Voters of Raghuchiwadi village in Osmanabad district boycotted the election to protest non-availability of basic amenities to the village, the official said.

During polling for the Karad municipal council in Satara district, chairman of the Maharashtra State Cooperation Council, Shekhar Charegaonkar allegedly warned a woman police constable of suspension after she objected to him taking his vehicle near the polling booth.

In Wardha district, Rs 3.5 lakh cash was seized from the vehicle of an NCP candidate. In Chandrapur district, an Independent candidate climbed atop a high power cable tower and tried to woo voters.

As many as 15,827 candidates were in the fray for the 3,706 seats spread over the municipal councils and nagar panchayats, where the first phase of polling was held yesterday.

For the post of municipal council president in 147 places, there were 1,013 candidates in fray, State Election Commissioner, J S Saharia said.

A total of 24,191 nominations were received. Out of this, 20,716 papers were found valid.

As many as 4,889 candidates withdrew.For the municipal council presidents posts, 2,374 nominations were received.

As many as 1,533 papers were found valid, while 520 withdrew. Counting of votes will be taken up today.