Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir): Voting for the eighth phase of Panchayat elections begun across Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Polling is scheduled to end at 2 pm today. Polling is being conducted amidst heightened security. In this phase, 2633 polling stations have been set up - 550 in Kashmir division and 2083 in Jammu division. Of these, 361 have been categorised as ‘hypersensitive’, including 171 in Kashmir division and 190 in Jammu division.
A total of 6304 candidates are in the fray for 331 Sarpanch and 2,007 Panch seats in this phase while 43 Sarpanchs and 681 Panchs have been elected unopposed. As per the Election Commission, Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) have been ensured in all the polling stations for facilitating the voters.
Security arrangements have also been made including the deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). In the seventh phase of polling, an overall voter turnout of 75.3 per cent was recorded in the state, with Jammu division witnessing a voter turnout of 84.8 per cent and Kashmir division recording a voter turnout of 30.3 per cent.
The ninth and last phase of polling is slated to be held on December 11.