Panchayat polls: 25.71 % voting recorded in Bandipora, 19.61% in Baramulla till 11 am


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25.71 percent voter turnout was recorded in north Kashmir Bandipora district while 19.61% voters excercised their franchisee in Baramulla district on Thursday in the fifth phase of Panchayat elections till 11 am.

In Baramulla polling is being held in three blocks of Baramulla including Zaingir in Sopore, Shariabad Khore and Lalpora.

The polling started at 8 am in 2512 polling stations, including 769 in Kashmir division and 1743 in Jammu division, official reported.

The officials said that among 2512 polling stations in fifth phase, 848 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive, with 755 in Kashmir division and 93 in Jammu division.

Meanwhile 118 sarpanchs and 1046 panchs have been elected unopposed.

An electorate of 404283 will be voting for sarpanch constituencies while as  270295 for panch constituencies.

As per official reports, polling will take place for 309 sarpanch and 1534 panch seats, with 4763 candidates in fray

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

Pertinently, 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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