Voting for 8th phase of Panchayat polls underway in J&K



The voting for the eighth phase of Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir at 2,633 polling stations across the state, including 5502,633 in Kashmir division and 2,083 in Jammu division has started at 8:00, on Saturday morning, and will end up at 2:00 pm.

According to the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra, 361polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive in this Phase including 171 in Kashmir division and 190 in Jammu division.

He said 6304 candidates are in the fray for 331 Sarpanch and 2007 Panch seats in Phase-VIII, while 43 Sarpanchs and 681 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.

He said in the areas going to polls in Phase-VIII, an electorate of 515121 will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies and 419775 for Panch constituencies. “Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling station,” he said.

The CEO said at the end of 7 Phases of Panchayat Polls, an overall voter turnout of 73.8% has been recorded across the State, with a poll percentage of 44.4% in the Kashmir division and 83.2% in the Jammu division.

Kabra said in Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls held on December 1, the overall poll percentage of 76.9% was witnessed across the State including 84.6% in Jammu division and 17.3% in Kashmir division.

He said in Phase-V which went to polls on November 29, the State witnessed a poll percentage of 71.1% including 33.7% in Kashmir division and 85.2% in Jammu division.

He said in Phase-IV, the state witnessed a poll percentage of 71.3%, including 82.4% in Jammu division and 32.3% in Kashmir division. In Phase-III, the State witnessed a poll percentage of 75.2% which includes 55.7% in Kashmir division and 83.0% in Jammu division.

In the Phase-II of Panchayat Polls, overall 71.1% polling was witnessed across the State with 80.4% polling in Jammu division and 52.2% in Kashmir division.

Similarly, in the Phase-I of Panchayat Polls held on 17 November 2018, 74.1% polling was recorded across J&K including 64.5% in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division.

He said the Government has declared a holiday on the day of poll in the panchayat areas going to polls so as to enable the voters to cast their vote.

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