Elaborate arrangements in place for sixth phase of J-K poll

December 16th, 2008 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar, Dec 16 (ANI): Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure that the sixth phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir are held in a free and fair manner on Wednesday.
Sixteen constituencies spread over five districts of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Anantnag and Kulgam will go to polls in this phase. While 10 assembly seats fall the Kashmir valley, six constituencies are in Jammu Division.
More than 11.65 lakh voters, including over 5.62 lakh women, will exercise their franchise. 1,268 polling booths have been set up for the purpose.
Two-hundred additional companies of security forces and nearly 100 companies of local police have been deployed in poll-bound areas.
The seventh phase of polls will be held on December 24.
Approximately 57 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the fifth phase on Saturday. Polling took place in eleven constituencies in the districts of Kathua, Shopian and Pulwama.
An estimated 55 per cent of the 14 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in the fourth phase of polling on December 7.
Despite the call by separatists for election boycott, 64 per cent participated in the first phase. At least 65 per cent voting was recorded during the second phase of polling. In the first four phases, the number of candidates showed a marked increase this time as compared to 2002. In the Kashmir division the number has gone up to more than double. The results will be declared on December 28. (ANI)

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