Jammu and Kashmir: The sixth phase of polling for Panchayat elections is underway in Jammu and Kashmir. The polling began at 8 AM and will end at 2 PM. A total of 7,156 candidates are in the fray for 406 Sarpanches and 2, 277 Panches in this phase. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir Panchayat Polls to be Held in Nine Phases From Nov 17 to Dec 11 Through Ballot Paper

An electorate of 5,97,396 will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies while  4,57,581 electorate will vote for Panch constituencies.  A total of 771 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive of which 410 are in Kashmir division and 361 in Jammu division.

Basic facilities have been ensured in all the polling stations for facilitating the voters. Security arrangements have been made including the deployment of Central Armed Police Forces.

Senior government officers have been appointed as general observers to oversee smooth, fair and orderly conduct of Panchayat elections.

Voting for the fifth phase of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) panchayat election which took place on November 29 saw 71.1 per cent voter turnout. At least 85.2 per cent voters cast their vote in Jammu division and 33.7 per cent cast in Kashmir division.

Poonch district in Jammu region recorded the highest polling of 72 per cent, while Pulwama district in central Kashmir recorded the lowest at 0.2 per cent, the officials said. Among other districts of Jammu division, Ramban, Rajouri and Udhampur witnessed 63.9, 60.4 and 60.3 per cent polling, respectively. It was followed by Jammu 59.1, Reasi 56.2 and Doda 55.9.

In Kashmir division, Kupwara district topped the turnout chart with 30.7 per cent, followed by Bandipora with 30 per cent, Badgam 29.8 per cent, Baramulla 26.1 per cent, Ganderbal 13.2 per cent and Anantnag with 6.7 per cent, they said.