Polling for 6th phase of Panchayat polls ends peacefully in J&K

Jammu/Srinagar: Polling for the 6th phase of Panchayat polls ended peacefully on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir under tight security arrangements.

Voters were seen queuing outside polling stations in both Jammu division and Kashmir valley despite the morning chill.

Polling started at 8 a.m and ended at 2 p.m.

In the Valley, 17.7 percent of voters turned out to exercise their franchise. 41.5 percent voters turned out in Ganderbal district, while just 4.6 percent came out to vote in Kulgam district.

In a repoll held in Kupwara district, 81.9 percent votes were cast.

In the Jammu division, 83.7 percent voter turnout was recorded.

For the entire state, the overall voter turnout was 76.2 percent.

Voting for this phase was held at 3,174 polling stations — 410 in Kashmir and 2,764 in Jammu.

At least of 771 polling stations had been categorised as hypersensitive — 410 in Kashmir and 361 in Jammu.

A total of 7,156 candidates were in the fray for 406 Sarpanch and 2,277 Panch seats, while 111 Sarpanchs and 1,048 Panchs were elected unopposed in this phase.

Some 597,396 electors were eligible to vote for the Sarpanch constituencies and 457,581 for the Panch.

Photo Voter Slips had been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling stations.

In the fifth phase on November 29, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 71.1 percent.

The fourth phase on November 27, 71.3 percent polling was recorded.

The third phase held on November 23 witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 percent, while 71.1 percent was recorded in the second phase on November 20.

In the first phase held on November 17, 74.1 percent polling was recorded.

The last polls of the nine-phased election are scheduled for December 11.

Panchayat elections were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.