Voting for third phase of panchayat polls underway in J&K amid shutdown


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The voting for third phase of the nine phased Panchayat election in the Jammu and Kashmir is underway.

The polling started at 8 am in 2773 polling stations, including 918 in Kashmir division and 1855 in Jammu division, as per official reports.

The officials said that among 2773 polling stations, 727 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive, which include  493 in Kashmir division and  234 in Jammu division.

Meanwhile 96 sarpanchs and 1437 panchs have been elected unopposed.

They said 5,239 candidates are in the fray for 358 sarpanch and 1,652 panch seats.

The officials said an electorate of 4, 23,592 are eligible for voting for sarpanch constituencies while 2, 70,668 for panch constituencies.

They said 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.

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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