Voting for sixth phase of Panchayat polls underway in Jammu and Kashmir

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Sixth of the nine phased panchayat election in the Jammu and Kashmir is underway.

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

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

Meanwhile 111 sarpanchs and 1048 panchs have been elected unopposed.

An electorate of 5,97,396 will be voting for sarpanch constituencies while as 4,57,581 for panch constituencies.

As per official reports, polling will take place for 406 sarpanch and 2277 panch seats, with 4763 candidates in fray

All arrangements, including security related, have been put in place for smooth conduct of the polls.

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

Apart from magistrates, general observer, expenditure observer and micro observer have been appointed for the free and fair elections.

In the first phase of the polls, 74.1 per cent polling was recorded across J-K, including 64.5 per cent in Kashmir division and 79.4 per cent in Jammu division.

In the second phase held on November 20, overall 71.1 per cent polling was witnessed across the state with 80.4 per cent in Jammu division and 52.2 per cent in Kashmir division.

Third phase of the panchayat polls recorded a turnout of 75.2% in the State, as Jammu division recorded 83.0% while as Kashmir division witnessed turnout of 55.7%.

In the 4th phase, the State witnessed a polling percentage of 71.3% .with  the Kashmir Division witnessing  32.3% voting and  Jammu Division 82.4%.

In the 5th phase, the State  witnessed a polling percentage of 71.1% – while the Kashmir Division 33.7% and in the Jammu Division 85.2%.

The Chief Electoral Officer J&K has appealed to the voters to come forward and exercise their right to franchise in order to choose their local self-government to address their local needs

 

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