Polling for 6th phase of Panchayat polls ends peacefully in J&K

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Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 1: Polling for the 6th phase of Panchayat polls ended peacefully on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir under tight security arrangements.

Voters were seen queuing outside polling stations in both Jammu division and Kashmir valley despite the morning chill.

Polling started at 8 a.m and ended at 2 p.m.

In the Valley, 17.7 per cent voters turned out to exercise their franchise. 41.5 per cent voters turned out in Ganderbal district, while just 4.6 per cent came out to vote in Kulgam district.

In a repoll held in Kupwara district, 81.9 per cent votes were cast.

In the Jammu division, 83.7 per cent voter turnout was recorded.

For the entire state, the overall voter turnout was 76.2 per cent.

Voting for this phase was held at 3,174 polling stations — 410 in Kashmir and 2,764 in Jammu.

At least of 771 polling stations had been categorised as hypersensitive — 410 in Kashmir and 361 in Jammu.

A total of 7,156 candidates were in the fray for 406 Sarpanch and 2,277 Panch seats, while 111 Sarpanchs and 1,048 Panchs were elected unopposed in this phase.

Some 597,396 electors were eligible to vote for the Sarpanch constituencies and 457,581 for the Panch.

Photo Voter Slips had been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling stations.

In the fifth phase on November 29, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 71.1 per cent.

The fourth phase on November 27, 71.3 per cent polling was recorded.

The third phase held on November 23 witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 per cent, while 71.1 per cent was recorded in the second phase on November 20.

In the first phase held on November 17, 74.1 per cent polling was recorded.

The last polls of the nine-phased election is scheduled for December 11.

Panchayat elections were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.

Former President Bill Clinton said he and his wife Hillary Clinton gave “thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship”.

Bush Sr’s single presidential term in office was dominated by foreign policy — the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

The former leader will be best remembered as the commander-in-chief who sanctioned the Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Storm — a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the US against Iraq in response to the latter’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait.

Operation Desert Storm land battle pushed Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. But it stopped short of ousting the Iraqi strongman, setting up the second Gulf War that was initiated in 2003 and resulted in Saddam Hussein’s hanging.

In later life, Bush Sr’s character came under scrutiny when he was accused of groping a number of women at public events. A statement issued by his spokesman after a recent incident said he would never “intentionally cause anyone distress”.

Bush Sr. had also ordered US troops to invade Panama after an off-duty Marine was killed by forces loyal to dictator Manuel Noriega.

The force quickly overwhelmed Noriega’s men and he was overthrown in just four days and was later sentenced to 40 years in the US on drug charges.

He also had to walk a fine line with China, imposing sanctions after a 1989 government crackdown on protestors at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, but also seeking to prevent a permanent rupture in relations.

Bush Sr. was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924. His father was an Ohio native and business executive who became a Wall Street banker and a senator from Connecticut.

His mother, a Maine native, was the daughter of a wealthy investment banker.

Bush senior was also famous for sporting colourful striped socks.

IANS

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