Panchayat By-Polls: 66% Polling For Panch, 52% For Sarpanch Vacancies

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Srinagar: The second phase of by-elections to vacant seats of Panch and Sarpanch in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday witnessed 65.54 percent and 52.24 percent voter turnout respectively, State Election Commissioner (SEC) K K Sharma said on Wednesday.

The polling was held on Tuesday along with the second phase of the District Development Council polls but the figures were released on Wednesday.

Sharma said 65.54 per cent polling was recorded in the bypolls to the vacant panch seats and 52.24 per cent for the sarpanch seats.

The SEC said the second phase of the by-elections to vacant panch seats was held in 343 constituencies — 317 in Kashmir division and 26 in Jammu division.

Jammu division recorded 79.25 per cent turnout and Kashmir division recorded 63.92 per cent, he added.

For the vacant sarpanch constituencies, 52.25 per cent polling was registered in 83 constituencies — 62 in Kashmir division and 21 in Jammu division.

“In Jammu division, Jammu district recorded the highest voter turnout of 86.93% and 79.21%  for Panch and Sarpanch by-polls respectively. Whereas in Kashmir division, Bandipora topped the Panch and Sarpanch voter turnout with 78.15% and 74.20% polling in second phase of elections,” he said.

The SEC further said that the voting was peaceful and smooth at all polling stations in the across the union territory. (With PTI inputs)

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