Panchayat elections: 11.6 percent voters cast vote in north Kashmir’s Baramulla in second phase

Panchayat elections: 11.6 percent voters cast vote in north Kashmir’s Baramulla in second phase
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Srinagar: Baramulla in northern Kashmir on Tuesday recorded a total voter turnout of 11.6 percent till noon in the second phase of the Panchayat polls, official sources said.

Polling for Phase-II of Panchayat Polls-2018 began Tuesday at 2179 polling stations across the state, including 828 in Kashmir and 1351 in Jammu Division. The timing for polling is from 8 am to 2 pm.

According to the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra, 4014 candidates are in the fray for 281 sarpanch and 1286 panch seats in Phase-II. He said 90 sarpanchs and 1069 panchs have already been elected unopposed in Phase-II.

Kabra said 601 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive including 490 in Kashmir Division and 196 in Jammu Division.

He said in the areas going to polls in the Phase-II, electorate of 329818 will be voting for sarpanch constituencies 207796 for panch constituencies. He said Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling station.

Kabra said in the Phase-I of panchayat polls, 74.1 percent polling was recorded across J&K including 64.5 percent in Kashmir division and 79.4 percent in Jammu division.