Fourth phase of Jammu and Kashmir panchayat polls begins: Voting to take place in 2,618 polling stations across state
Voting started on a regular note on Tuesday for the fourth phase of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir under tight security arrangements.
Jammu/Srinagar: Voting started on a regular note on Tuesday for the fourth phase of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir under tight security arrangements. Voting is taking place at 2,618 polling stations across the state, with 639 in Kashmir division and 1,979 in Jammu division. The process started at 8 am and will end at 2 pm.
Poll officials said 777 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive in this phase — 571 in Kashmir division and 206 in Jammu division. There are 5,470 candidates in the fray for 339 sarpanch and 1,749 for panch seats, while 99 sarpanchs and 969 panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.
A total of 4,72160 electorates will be voting for sarpanch constituencies while 3,32,502 will be voting for panch constituencies, a poll official said. Photo Voter Slips have been distributed to inform them of their polling station.
Voter turnout in the first phase on 17 November was 74.1 percent. In the second phase on 20 November, 71.1 percent and in the third phase on 24 November, it was 75.2. Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) have been ensured in all the polling stations. Government has declared a holiday on the day in all the panchayat areas going to polls.
The nine-phased panchayat polls will be completed on 17 December. The last panchayat polls were last held in 2011 in the state.
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