J&K: 34 constituencies to go to poll in 4th phase of DDC election today

Thirty-four District Development Council (DDC) constituencies, including 17 each from Jammu and Kashmir divisions, will be going to poll In the fourth phase of the ongoing election process. Along with this, bypolls to 50 vacant Sarpanch seats and 216 vacant Panch seats falling within these DDC constituencies will also be conducted in this phase.

A total of 138 candidates are in fray for the 17 DDC constituencies of Kashmir division, while 111 candidates are contesting for the 17 DDC constituencies of Jammu division.

There were 123 Sarpanch vacancies notified in the fourth phase, of which 45 have been filled unopposed. There will be a contest in 50 constituencies, for which 137 candidates, including 47 women are in fray.

Similarly, out of the total 1,207 Panch vacancies notified in this phase, 416 have been filled unopposed and there is no contest in these constituencies. Polling shall take place in 216 Panch constituencies, for which 478 candidates, including 129 women, will contest.

In the fourth phase, over 7 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. These include, 3,76,797 men and 3,40,525 women. Among these, 3,50,149 are from Jammu division and 3,67,173 are from Kashmir division.

A total of 1,910 polling stations have been set up across the Jammu and Kashmir for this phase. Of these, 781 are in Jammu and 1,129 are in Kashmir division. Polling for Sarpanch vacancies will take place on 212 of the 1,910 polling stations and for Panch vacancies, 219 polling stations will be used. Meanwhile, 1,152 of the total polling stations are hypersensitive, 349 are sensitive and 409 have been categorised as normal.

Voting will take place from 7 am till 2 pm on Monday and all arrangements for this phase are in place, including manpower, election material and security arrangements.

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure the safety of all stakeholders including the voters coming to vote at the polling stations. Sanitisers, thermal scanners and face masks have been arranged at the polling stations to ensure that SOPs issued by the concerned authorities, including wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing, are strictly followed at the polling stations.

Special polling stations have been arranged at Women College Gandhinagar, Jammu and Girls Higher Secondary School Udhampur to facilitate physical voting by Kashmiri migrants.

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