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The seventh phase of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat polls ended peacefully on Tuesday under tight security arrangements.

The highlights of the polls are–

  • Voting for 7th 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.Some 475,865 electors were eligible to vote for Sarpanch constituencies and 345,880 for Panch constituencies.
  • Polling started at 8 am and ended at 2 pm.
  • An overall 75.8 per cent voter turnout was registered.
  • The Jammu division witnessed 84.5 per cent voter turnout.
  • The turnout was 86.5 per cent in the Poonch district.
  • The Kashmir division saw 30.3 per cent voters turnout.
  • 44.9 per cent voters casted their votes in Kupwara district.

The nine-phase elections that began on November 17 are scheduled to end on December 11.

Panchayat polls were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.

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