79.9% vot­ing in J&K ru­ral polls: CEO

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent

In the eight phase of pan­chayat elec­tions on Satur­day, 49.6% vot­ing was recorded in the Kash­mir di­vi­sion and 85.1% in the Jammu di­vi­sion.

“The over­all poll percentage stood at 79.9,” said Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Shaleen Kabra.

Kash­mir’s panch and sarpanch halqas of Budgam and Srinagar dis­tricts wit­nessed a lower voter turnout at 9.1% and 11.6% re­spec­tively. How­ever, Bara­mulla wit­nessed the high­est 56.9%, fol­lowed by Kup­wara 53.8% and Bandi­pora 18%, said Mr. Kabra.

The Jammu di­vi­sion wit­nessed higher voter turnout con­sis­tently for the eighth phase too. Reasi recorded the high­est 89.8% turnout.

Kathua stood at 84%, Samba 84, Jammu 84.8 and Ra­jouri 82.4, said Mr. Kabra.

6,304 in fray

A to­tal of 361 polling sta­tions were cat­e­gorised as hy­per­sen­si­tive, in­clud­ing 171 in the Kash­mir di­vi­sion and 190 in the Jammu di­vi­sion.

“A to­tal of 6,304 can­di­dates were in the fray for 331 sarpanch and 2007 panch seats. Forty-three sarpanchs and 681 panchs were elected un­op­posed in this phase,” said Mr. Kabra.

The ninth and last phase of pan­chayat polls will be held on De­cem­ber 11. Com­pared to the turnout recorded in 2011, when the pre­vi­ous pan­chayat polls were held, Kash­mir wit­nessed far less vot­ing.

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