Srinagar: Voting for the eight phase of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir has concluded.  The polling began at 8 AM amid tight security. All necessary security arrangements were put in place including the deployment of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Also Read - After Opening Parks, Jammu And Kashmir to Open Tourism in Phased Manner From July 14 | Check Guidelines

Further, 361 polling stations have been categorised as ‘hypersensitive’ in this phase. Of these, 171 are in the Kashmir division and 190 in the Jammu division. Also Read - Fake News Alert: No Lockdown Will be Imposed in Jammu From Tomorrow | Here’s The Truth

State Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra said that 6,304 candidates are in the fray for 331 sarpanch and 2007 panch seats in Phase-VIII, while 43 sarpanch and 681 panch have been elected unopposed in this phase. He said in the areas going to polls in Phase-VIII, an electorate of 5,15,121 will be voting for sarpanch constituencies and 4,19,775 for panch constituencies. Also Read - Lockdown in Jammu Kashmir: Strict Restrictions Reimposed in Rajouri, Entire City And Adjoining Areas Sealed

“Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them about their polling station,” he said.
The CEO said at the end of seven phases of the panchayat polls, the state recorded an overall voter turnout of 73.8 per cent, with 44.4 per cent in the Kashmir division and 83.2 per cent in the Jammu division.

Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them about their polling stations.

He said senior government officers have been appointed as General Observers to oversee the smooth, fair and orderly conduct of the panchayat elections.

“Also, Expenditure Observers are keeping a watch on the expenditure by the candidates. In addition, for the poll day, Micro Observers have been placed in polling stations, particularly those considered hypersensitive. Besides, the Zonal and Sector Magistrates too have been deployed,” he added.

The CEO said Control Rooms have been established in all the districts across the state to respond promptly to any complaints of violation of the model code of conduct as also to disseminate information to the public.

7th Phase Polling

Polling for the 7th phase of Panchayat polls, conducted on December 4 ended peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir under tight security arrangements.

An overall 75.8 per cent voter turnout was registered in the state for Tuesday’s poll. In the Jammu division, 84.5 per cent voters exercised franchise and 86.5 per cent voters turned out in the Poonch district. In Kashmir division, 30.3 per voters came out to vote and 44.9 per cent cast their votes in Kupwara district.

Voting for this phase was held at 2,714 polling stations — 576 in Kashmir and 2,138 in Jammu.

(With agency inputs)