SHOPIAN: As happened in the municipal polls, single candidates were declared winners unopposed in a few seats while the majority of seats stayed vacant due to absence of anyone contesting for them, in results of panchayat polls that were held without any actual polling in Keller tehsil of Shopian district on Saturday.
Officials declared 11 Sarpanchs elected unopposed and 29 Panchs elected likewise in Keller tehsil where panchayat elections were scheduled in the third phase of the election process on Saturday.
According to official figures, for the 172 Panch seats in the tehsil, only 29 persons had filed nomination papers, each for a different seat. All 29 of them were declared winners unopposed without any polling held in their constituency.
Similarly, for the 22 Sarpanch seats in the tehsil, only 11 had filed nomination papers for 11 different seats. All of them were declared winners without any voting held as there was no one standing against them.
In the municipal polls held last month in Shopian, 11 contestants were declared winners without any polling held as they were the sole candidates in their constituencies.