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Phase II: 5203 candidates in fray

SRINAGAR: Following the trend of phase I, the panchayat elections will be held only at two constituencies of south Kashmir on Tuesday in the phase II, where there is a larger presence of militants.
The nine-phase panchayat polls are being held in the state to 316 blocks in 4,483 Panchayat Halqas comprising 35,029 Panch.
For the phase II being held on Tuesday, 1038 candidates are in the fray for 468 Sarpanch Halqas and 4165 candidates for 3610 Panch wards. Polling will be held from 8 am to 2 pm while counting of votes will be taken up immediately after the voting is over. Most of the areas where there is a larger presence of militancy will face elections in the last phases. However, two panchayat constituencies of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Bijbehara and Anantnag will witness the polls on Tuesday. However, there will be no elections in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Shopian, and Kulgam, and summer capital Srinagar in the second phase. The polls will be held in the border areas of Kupwara district like Kalaroos, Machil, and Rajwar. Similarly, the polls will be held in two panchayat constituencies of Bandipora-Ganstan, Nowgam. In Baramulla, the elections will be held at Wagoora, and Sangrama.
In central Kashmir’s Budgam and Ganderbal districts, polls will be held at Kangan, Rathsun, and Budgam panchayat constituencies.
Bhambatt, Karsha, Sankoo, Shaker, Chaktan, Shargol, Lotchum of Kargil district and Khaltsi, Skurbuchan, Turtuk, and Panamik panchayat constituencies of Leh district too will face polls on Tuesday. Besides polls will also take place in various constituencies of Jammu region.
The polling for next eight phases will be held on November 24, 27, 29, December 1, December 4, December 8, and December 11.

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