Panchayat polls: Amid high-security voting under way in J&K

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The fourth phase of Panchayat polls on Tuesday for voting in Jammu and Kashmir began amid high-security arrangements.

Voting is taking place at 2,618 polling stations across the state, with 639 in Kashmir division and 1,979 in Jammu division.

The voting in the polling stations started at 8 am and will end at 2 pm, as per the schedule.

According to officials, 777 polling stations have been circled as oversensitive in  Kashmir division and 206 in Jammu division respectively.

There are 5,470 candidates in the fray for 339 Sarpanch and 1,749 for Panch seats, while 99 Sarpanchs and 969 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.

A total of 4,72,160 electorates will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies while 3,32,502 will be voting for Panch constituencies, a poll official said.

Voter turnout in the first phase on November 17 was 74.1 per cent. In the second phase on November 20, 71.1 per cent and in the third phase on November 24, it was 75.2 percent.

The nine-phased Panchayat polls will be completed on December 17. The last Panchayat polls were last held in 2011 in the state.

Meanwhile the Joint Resistance Leadership has called for a shutdown in the poll-bound areas and asked people to boycott the elections.

 

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