Srinagar: The second phase of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Election is underway at over 2,100 polling stations amid tight security. A 15 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 10 AM in the state. Also Read - Srinagar: 8-Month-old Grandchild of COVID-19 Positive Man Falls Victim to Coronavirus
According to a report by Free Press Kashmir, 30.3 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Udhampur, followed by Bandipora at 28.8 per cent, Poonch at 27.5 per cent, Rajouri at 22.6 per cent, Ramban at 18.6 per cent, Kathua at 17.8 per cent, Doda at 17.3 per cent, Kishtwar at 13.5 per cent, Kupwara at 11.8 per cent, Ganderbal at 10.5 per cent, Leh at 6 per cent, Kargil at 5.1 per cent, Baramulla at 3.5 per cent and Anantnag at 0.5 per cent. Also Read - After Brief Relief, Kashmir Enters Lockdown Again, This Time Over Coronavirus
While Udhampur hit the highest polling percentage as of 10 AM, the lowest was recorded at Anantnag in the state. The polling was scheduled at 2,179 polling stations across the state, which includes 828 in Kashmir division and 1,351 in Jammu division. To avoid any clashes or disruptions during the polls, adequate security forces have been deployed in the area. Also Read - After Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti Likely to be Released Today
As many as 4,014 candidates are in the fray for 1,286 panch seats and 281 sarpanch seats in the second phase. Around 90 sarpanches and 1,069 panch were elected unopposed in this phase, stated officials.
The National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) did not participate in the electoral process due to the legal challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution in the Supreme Court.
In Kashmir, 490 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive and in the Jammu division 111. The officials added that there are 3,29,818 electors for sarpanch seats and 2,07,796 for panch constituencies.
Around 74 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first phase of the panchayat polls in the state on Saturday. The polls are held on a non-party basis. There are nine phases to the panchayat elections. The last Panchayat polls were conducted in the state on 2011.
(With Agency inputs)