Voting began in Jammu and Kashmir, Highest recorded in Baramulla

Yasmeen Manzoor

Srinagar,December 8(KNB):Voting for the eighth phase for 2018 panchayat polls in jammu and kashmir began on saturday.

Votingis being held at 2,633 polling stations,550 in Kashmir and 2,083 in Jammu.

Polling started at 8 am and will end at 2 pm. Atleast 361 polling stations have been categorised as sensitive, 171 in Kashmir and 190 in Jammu.

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 reports,Kashmir recorded the lowest turnout as compared to jammu region.

Meanwhile, Baramulla recorded the highest voter turnout of 14.8 per cent till 10am,in the same time Budgam in central Kashmir recorded the lowest turnout of 2.6 percent.

According to chief electoral officer the votting turnout till 12 is as,
Kupwara 9.3%, Bandipora 3.5%, Baramulla 14.8%, Srinagar 4.8%, Budgam 2.6%, Reasi 18.4%, Kathua 27.4%, Samba 29.7%, Jammu 29.8% and Rajouri 29%.

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