Polling for 7th phase of Panchayat elections underway
Srinagar: The poling for phase seventh of the ongoing panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir is underway at 2714 polling stations across the state, officials said.
The officials said that 892 polling stations have been categorised as “hypersensitive” in this phase, including 428 in Kashmir division and 464 in Jammu division. The polling time is 8 am to 2 pm.
They said 5575 candidates are in the fray for 341 sarpanch and 1798 panch seats in the seventh phase, while 85 sarpanchs and 912 panchs have been elected “unopposed” in this phase.
“In areas going to polls in phase seven, the electorate of 475865 will be voting for sarpanch constituencies and 345880 for panch constituencies. Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling stations,” he said.
At the end of six phases of panchayat polls, the overall voter turnout of 73.6 percent has been recorded across Jammu and Kashmir (46.1% in Kashmir division and 82.8% in Jammu division).
Officials said that in north Kashmir’s Pattan area 1.91% polling was recorded till 9 am. Similarly 1.08 % votes were polled in Rafiabad area.