Polling that began at 8 am for the ninth and final phase of panchayat polls is underway in Jammu and Kashmir.
Polling will end at 2 PM today.
According to Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir 430 candidates are in the fray for 55 sarpanch and 138 panch seats while 68 sarpanch and 433 panch have been elected unopposed for this phase.
An electorate of 68745 is eligible for voting for sarpanch constituencies whereas it is 20688 for panch constituencies.
The polling is being held in different blocks Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Budgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag districts of Kashmir.
452 polling stations are being set up of which 346 have been categorised as hypersensitive.
Meanwhile,Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) have been ensured in all the polling stations for facilitating the voters and security arrangements have been made including the deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).