Panchayat elections: Polling going on for just 1 Panch ward out of 350 in Central Kashmir’s Budgam

Panchayat elections: Polling going on for just 1 Panch ward out of 350 in Central Kashmir’s Budgam
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Budgam: Out of the 350 panch and sarpanch wards of Watrehail and Beerwah blocks of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, the polling is being held in only one ward in the fourth phase of Panchayat elections Tuesday.

Last year, in April seven people were killed on election day when the central Kashmir parliamentary constituency went for polls in the district.

Beerwah Panchayat block is divided into 27 Sarpanch Halqas with 237 Panch Wards, out of which 17 Sarpanch and 214 Panch seats are lying vacant. While 10 Sarpanchs and 22 Panch candidates were declared winners without any contest.

The block will witness voting only for a single Panch seat—Sonpah, where two candidates are in the fray.

Waterhail area comprises nine Sarpanch Halqas with 77 Panch wards; among them no candidate has filed nominations for five Sarpanch and 71 Panch seats, leaving them vacant. Also, four Sarpanchs and six Panchs were elected unopposed, an official said.

Earlier, only 12 nominees came forward to file nominations for Sarpanch seats in Beerwah and eight in Waterhail. Later two candidates from Beerwah and four from Waterhail withdrew their nominations.

In Beerwah and Waterhail, 27 and eight candidates filed nominations for the Panch seats respectively. Later, three contestants from Beerwah and two from Waterhail took back their papers.

Meanwhile, Beerwah block has the highest number of Sarpanch and Panch seats among 17 blocks of district Budgam