Voting begins for 7th phase of Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir amid JRL’s shutdown call



Voting began for the seventh phase f Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday amid JRL’s shutdown call in poll-bound areas. Polling started at 8 am and will end at 2 pm.

Voting for the 7th phase is being held at 2,714 polling stations — 576 in Kashmir and 2,138 in Jammu.

A total of 5,575 candidates are 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.

The nine-phased elections that began on November 17 is slated to end on December 11.

CEO said Control Rooms have been established in all the districts across the State to respond promptly to any complaints of violation of the Model Code of Conduct as also to disseminate information to the public. Security arrangements have been made including the deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

He said the Government has declared a holiday on the day of poll in the Panchayat areas going to polls so as to enable the voters to cast their vote. He said special casual leave shall also be granted to the employees who have to go to other areas to exercise their right to franchise. As per standing guidelines, the Central Government offices shall not be closed but the employees who are electors of the poll going wards and desire to exercise their franchise shall be offered reasonable facility to do so.

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