Panchayat polls: Polling for sixth phase ends with 18% voter turnout in Kashmir

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Sixth of the nine phased panchayat election in the Jammu and Kashmir  ended in the State with 17.7 percent turnout in Kashmir, with Kulgam district recording  4.6% turnout, while as Ganderbal witnessed the  turnout of 41.5%.

In Jammu division the voter percentage was recorded as 83.7% and an overall of 76.2% turnout was recorded in the entire State.

The polling started at 8 am in 3,174 polling stations, including 410 in Kashmir division and 2764 in Jammu division.

The officials said that among 3,174 polling stations in sixth phase, 771 polling stations were categorized as hypersensitive, with all 410 polling stations in Kashmir division as hypersensitive and 361  in Jammu division.

Meanwhile 111 sarpanchs and 1048 panchs were elected unopposed.

An electorate of 5,97,396 were eligible to vote for sarpanch constituencies while it was 4,57,581 for panch constituencies.

In a re-poll that was held in Kupwara district of north Kashmir the turnout was recorded as 81.9%.

The Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) were also ensured for voters and security arrangements were made including central armed police force (CAPF) for the smooth conduct of the elections.

 

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