J&K Rural Polls Record 75.8 Per Cent Turnout In 7th Phase

Polling for the seventh phase of Panchayat polls ended peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday under tight security arrangements.

Voters were seen queuing outside polling stations in both Jammu and the Kashmir valley despite the morning chill. Polling started at 8 am and ended at 2 pm.

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.

At least 892 polling stations had been categorised as hypersensitive in this phase — 428 in Kashmir and 464 in Jammu.

A total of 5,575 candidates were in the fray for 341 Sarpanch and 1,798 Panch seats, while 85 Sarpanchs and 912 Panchs have already been elected unopposed in this phase.

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