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Fourth phase of Panchayat polls today
Posted 27 Nov 2018 11:11 AM

Agencies
JAMMU: Polling for the fourth phase of Panchayat election will be held on Tuesday at 2,618 polling stations across Jammu and Kashmir, state chief electoral officer Shaleen Kabra said.
Voting will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 2:00 PM in 639 polling stations in Kashmir and 1,979 in Jammu division, Kabra said.
According to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, Shaleen Kabra, 777 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive in fourth phase including 571 in Kashmir and 206 in Jammu.
He said 5,470 candidates were in the fray for 339 Sarpanch and 1,749 Panch seats in Phase-IV, while 99 Sarpanchs and 969 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this Phase.
In the areas going to polls in fourth Phase, electorate of 4,72,160 will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies, while 3,32,502 will be voting for Panch constituencies.
Kabra said in the first phase of Panchayat Polls held on November 17, 74.1 per cent polling was recorded across the State including 64.5 per cent in Kashmir and 79.4 per cent in Jammu.
In the second phase held on November 20, 71.1 per cent polling was witnessed in the state with an overwhelming 80.4 per cent polling in Jammu and 52.2 per cent in Kashmir.
In the third phase, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 per cent which included 55.7 per cent in Kashmir and 83 per cent in Jammu division.
Kabra further said orders had been passed in various complaint cases as well as directions of the courts and notifications reappointing the election schedules too had been issued.
He said senior government officers were appointed as general observers to oversee the smooth, fair and orderly conduct of the elections, while expenditure of the candidates was being observed closely as well.
Control Rooms had 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, he said.
Security arrangements have been made including deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), he said, adding that the government had declared a holiday in the areas that will vote on Tuesday.
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, he said.
He said the Government has declared 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.
The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K appealed the voters to come forward and exercise their right to franchise in order to choose their local self-government to address their local needs

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