No polling in Budgam, majority of seats vacant

No polling in Budgam, majority of seats vacant
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BUDGAM: The second phase of panchayat elections saw no polling being held in two panchayat blocks of Budgam district because of lack of contestants. The elections were scheduled to be held on Tuesday in Rathsoon and Budgam blocks, which comprise 32 panchayat halqas, but no polling was held here. The candidates had either won unopposed or there was no candidate at all in these 32 halqas.
Officials told Kashmir Reader that in Rathsoon block, which had a total number of 10 Sarpanch seats, only in three constituencies did a single candidate file nomination. The sole candidates won uncontested these three seats.
In the rest 7 seats, no one had filed nomination papers.
There are 86 Panch seats in Rathsoon, among which only two received nominations, from single candidates who won unopposed. A big number of 84 constituencies saw no one filing nomination.
In Budgam block, which is sub-divided into 23 panchayat halqas that comprise 19 Sarpanch constituencies and 171 Panch constituencies, only for five Sarpanch seats were nomination papers filed, again by just one candidate.
Among the total number of 171 Panch constituencies, only three persons filed nominations in three separate seats and all three won unopposed.
Officials said that 168 Panch constituencies in Budgam block will remain vacant.
Officials said that the candidates were mostly independents and had no affiliation with any political party.
In the first phase of elections, voting in Khan Sahab panchayat block of Budgam district had recorded 30 percent turnout.