71% polling in Tangdhar, Teethwal, Keran

The contesting candidates had hired vehicles to transport their voters from their homes to the polling stations.

MUZAMIL SHAH
Kupwara, Publish Date: Nov 17 2018 10:37PM | Updated Date: Nov 17 2018 10:37PM
71% polling in Tangdhar, Teethwal, KeranRepresentational pic

The Panchayat polls in Kupwara district were held peacefully on Saturday with an overall voting percentage of 71.94%. The first phase election was held in blocks of Tangdhar, Teethwal, Keran, Tarathpora and Ramhal in the northern district.

The locals were seen in large queues for casting their votes and were waiting for their turn eagerly.

One of the candidates distributed tea to all the people including polling staff and forces.

Mohammad Ramzan, a voter, said the candidates were well educated than the previous ones and would work for the betterment of the people in their respective areas. “The previous candidates would give benefits to their own acquaintances, but since the new faces are educated I believe they won’t discriminate between general public and their acquaintances,” Ramzan said.

The contesting candidates had hired vehicles to transport their voters from their homes to the polling stations.

Tangdhar witnessed 80.46 percent voting, Teethwal 65.65%, Keran 80.91 %, Tarathpora 68.13%  and Ramhal 63.15% amid tight security arrangements in all the polling stations.

Yaseen Ahmad of Vilgam told the Greater Kashmir, “It is our democratic right to vote, so I did. I believe casting vote has nothing to do with the Kashmir dispute, but for the development of our area,” said Yaseen Ahmad.

He added, “Panchayat members are no one to decide the fate of Kashmir as it is the responsibility of the governments of India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue.”

Khalid Jehangir, the district election officer, said the polling began at 8 a.m. and closed at 2 p.m.  “In total 71.94% voters have exercised their right to vote in 5 wards in first phase of polling held peacefully today.”

There were total 64 Panchayat Halqas in which 189 nominations were received, among which 14 have won opposed, 33 forms were rejected.

A partial shutdown was observed in Kupwara district, shops and business establishments remain closed while public transport also remained suspended partially. Government suspended internet services across the district.

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