Panchayat Polls: 55.7% turnout in Valley in Phase-III

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Srinagar: In third of the nine-phased Panchayat elections, Kashmir Valley recorded a voter turnout of 55.7 percent with Kupwara recording highest and Ganderbal lowest voting. Jammu recorded 83% and the overall voting percentage was 75.2%, election conducting officials said.

The polling began at 8 AM and ended at 2 PM in 2,773 polling stations, including 918 in Kashmir division and 1,855 in Jammu division, officials said.

In Kashmir division, Kupwara district topped the turnout chart with 59.7 percent, followed by Bandipora with 51.0 percent, Budgam 40.9 percent, Baramulla 30.8 percent, Ganderbal 12 percent, Kargil 75.6 percent and Leh 64.1 percent, they said.

Poonch district in Jammu region recorded the highest polling of 87.8 percent while Kathua, Ramban, Rajouri, Doda and Kishtwar witnessed 83.2, 85.7 and 80.3 per cent, 77.4 and 84.9 percent polling respectively.

The officials said 727 polling stations were categorized as hypersensitive, including 493 in Kashmir division and 234 in Jammu division, for the third phase.

They said 5,239 candidates were in the fray for 358 Sarpanch and 1,652 Panch seats. Ninety-six Sarpanches and 1,437 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase, they added.

The officials said an electorate of 4,23,592 were eligible for voting for Sarpanch constituencies while 2,70,668 for Panch constituencies. Voting for Phase-IV of Panchayat Polls will take place on November 27. (GNS)

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