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J-K Panchayat Polls: 38.8% polling recorded in 9th and final phase

According to the Chief Electoral Officer, 346 polling stations were categorised as hypersensitive in this phase.

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

38.8 per cent polling was recorded on Tuesday in the ninth and final phase of voting for the Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Seven districts of Kashmir, including three of South Kashmir, went to polls on Tuesday.

Pulwama, the epicentre of terrorism, recorded the lowest polling of 1.4%. Anantnag, another hub of terrorism, polled 24.8% votes. Kupwara in North Kashmir polled 53.6% votes, Bandipura 46%, Baramulla 38.9%, Ganderbal 20.9%, and Budgam 38.8%.

Voting was held at 452 polling stations in Kashmir division.

According to the Chief Electoral Officer, 346 polling stations were categorised as hypersensitive in this phase. He said 430 candidates were in the fray for 55 Sarpanch and 138 Panch seats while 68 Sarpanches and 433 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.

The CEO said in the in the Phase-VIII of Panchayat Polls, an overall poll percentage of 79.9% was witnessed across the state with 85.1% polling in Jammu division and 49.6% in Kashmir division.

In Phase-VII, an overall poll percentage of 75.3% was witnessed across the state with 84.8% in Jammu division and 30.3% in Kashmir division.

In Phase-VI, an overall poll percentage of 76.9% was witnessed across the state including 84.6% in Jammu division and 17.3% in Kashmir division.

In Phase-V, the state witnessed a poll percentage of 71.1%, including 33.7% in Kashmir division and 85.2% in Jammu division.

In Phase-IV, the state witnessed a poll percentage of 71.3%, including 82.4% in Jammu division and 32.3% in Kashmir division.

In Phase-III, the state witnessed a poll percentage of 75.2%, which includes 55.7% in Kashmir division and 83.0% in Jammu division.

In Phase-II, overall 71.1% polling was witnessed across the state with 80.4% in Jammu division and 52.2% in Kashmir division. And in Phase-I, 74.1% polling was recorded across J&K, including 64.5% in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division.