Polling for the 6th phase of Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir ended peacefully on Saturday amid tight security arrangements. Voters queued outside the polling stations in both Jammu division and Kashmir valley despite the morning chill for the polling which began at 8 am and ended at 2 pm. A total of 76.9 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the polling.
Kashmir Valley witnessed 17.3 per cent voter turnout, with 41.5 per cent voters in Ganderbal district and just 4.6 per cent in Kulgam district. In a repoll held in Kupwara district, 81.9 per cent votes were cast.
In the Jammu division, 84.6 per cent voter turnout was recorded. The overall voter turnout was 76.2 per cent for the entire state.
Voting for this phase was held at 3,174 polling stations -- 410 in Kashmir and 2,764 in Jammu.
At least of 771 polling stations had been categorised as hypersensitive -- 410 in Kashmir and 361 in Jammu.
A total of 7,156 candidates were in the fray for 406 Sarpanch and 2,277 Panch seats, while 111 Sarpanchs and 1,048 Panchs were elected unopposed in this phase.
Some 597,396 electors were eligible to vote for the Sarpanch constituencies and 457,581 for the Panch.
Photo Voter Slips had been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling stations.
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The state had witnessed a polling percentage of 71.1 per cent during the fifth phase on November 29. In the fourth phase on November 27, 71.3 per cent polling was recorded.
The third phase held on November 23 witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 per cent, while 71.1 per cent was recorded in the second phase on November 20. In the first phase held on November 17, 74.1 per cent polling was recorded.
The last polls of the nine-phased election is scheduled for December 11.
Panchayat elections were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.