PAMPORE: Voting for one Sarpanch seat and one Panch seat in Balhama-B constituency in Srinagar’s Khanmoh block recorded 21.80 percent polling on Saturday. A total of 339 voters cast their votes in the election for Sarpanch out of 1,555 registered voters in the seven wards that together make up the Balhama-B constituency.
Four independent candidates were in the fray, two contesting for the Sarpanch post and the other two contesting for Panch.
Eleven independent candidates including two females, Tasleema and Hajira, have already been declared winners unopposed in 45 panchayat wards and 5 Halqas of Khanmoh block. The Returning Officer of the area said that seven Panchs and four Sarpanchs have been declared winners in Khanmoh block and winners’ certificates issued to them.
On today’s election, Returning Officer Riyaz Gul said, “Independent candidate Ghulam Hassan Dar beat close relative Ghulam Hassan Mir, also an independent candidate, in Balhama-B while in contest for election of Panch, Showkat Hussain Dar, an independent candidate, beat Nazir Ahmad Mir, also an independent candidate.”
He said that certificates have been issued to both the winners.
A total of 339 voters, 179 males and 177 females, out of 1,555 eligible voters, exercised their franchise today, he said.
Massive security arrangements were put in place for smooth conduct of polls in Balhama, sources said, adding that no untoward incident was reported during the polling.
The National Conference, the Peoples Democratic Party, and the CPI (M) have boycotted the polls due to the legal challenge to Article 35A of the Indian Constitution in the Supreme Court.