Srinagar: Over 74 per cent polling recorded in first phase of Panchayat elections

74.1 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the Phase-I of Jammu and Kashmir panchayat elections on Saturday, officials said.

Voting for the first phase of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir began at 8 am on Saturday amid high security in the wake of boycott call by joint resistance leadership.

427 candidates were in the fray for 536 Sarpanch Halqas and 5,951 candidates for 4,048 Panch wards for first phase of the Panchayat polls, said an official.