Fourth phase of polling underway in J-K

December 7th, 2008 - 11:51 am ICT by ANI  

Srinagar, Dec 7 (ANI): Fourth phase of the seven phased elections is going on in Jammu and Kashmir today.
18 constituencies where the votes are being polled include Udhampur, Reasi, Baramullah and Budgam.
Polling of votes started at eight in the morning and will close at four in the afternoon. Tight security arrangements have been made at all polling stations. In Gool Arnas constituency of Reasi, 109 polling stations have been set up for 50,000 electorate.
Being the militancy prone area 77 polling stations have been declared hyper sensitive, 23 sensitive leaving only 9 stations normal. An impressive arrangement of security has been made for peaceful conduct of poll.
The fifth, sixth and seventh phase of polls in the state will be held on December 13, 17 and 24.
Two phases of the seven-phased elections have been successfully concluded with the active participation of the people.
Despite the separatists call for the election boycott, the first phase of the elections recorded 64 per cent participation. 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 last time. 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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