79.9% voting in J&K rural polls: CEO
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.