Jammu and Kashmir: A total of 71.1 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the Jammu and Kashmir panchayat polls on Tuesday. J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra said, “In the Phase-II of Panchayat polls held today, overall 71.1 per cent polling was witnessed across the state. An overwhelming 80.4 per cent polling was witnessed in Jammu division and 52.2 per cent in Kashmir division.” Also Read - Panchayat Polls in Jammu And Kashmir Scheduled For March 5 Postponed Due to Law, Order Issues
The polling concluded peacefully across 14 districts, seven each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions, at 2 PM, Kabra said. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir Panchayat Polls: 74 Per Cent Polling in Nine Phases, 38.8 Per Cent in Final Phase
While Udhampur district in Jammu region recorded the highest polling of 83.9 per cent, Anantnag district in south Kashmir recorded the lowest at 1.0 per cent. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir Panchayat Polls: Hindu-majority Village Elects Muslim Man as Panch, Sets Example of Communal Harmony
Among other districts of Jammu division, Rajouri district witnessed 83.5 per cent polling, followed by Doda and Poonch (81.7 per cent each), Kathua (78.7 per cent) and Kishtwar (77.8 per cent). In Kashmir division, Kupwara district topped the turnout chart with 69.7 per cent, followed by Kargil at 66.5 per cent and Bandipora and Leh (66.3 per cent each), Ganderbal (27.4 per cent) and Baramulla (11.2 per cent).
In the first phase of panchayat polls on November 17, 74.1 per cent polling was recorded across the state, with 64.5 per cent in Kashmir division and 79.5 per cent in Jammu division.
Voting for Phase Three of panchayat polls will take place on November 24. Officials said polling across the state ended peacefully with no untoward incident reported from anywhere.
A total of 4,014 candidates were in the fray for 281 sarpanch and 1,286 panch seats in the second phase of the nine-phased elections which started on November 17. As many as 2,179 polling stations were set up across the state, including 828 in Kashmir and 1,351 in Jammu division, Kabra said.
As many as 90 sarpanches and 1,069 panches have already been elected unopposed in the second phase, he said. In Kashmir, 490 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive and in the Jammu division 111.
There are 3,29,818 electors for sarpanch seats and 2,07,796 for panch constituencies.