81 candidates in fray for second phase of polls in J

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Srinagar, Nov 17 (UNI) Battle lines in the second phase of polls on November 23 have been drawn as 81 candidates are now left in the fray for six constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

The constituencies going to polls in the second phase included Kangan and Ganderbal in Kashmir valley, Nowshera, Darhal, Rajouri and Kalakote in Jammu region.

The authorities have set up 530 polling station for 4,93,878 voter, including 2,926 service voters.

The number of women voters in the constituency is 2,37,416.

In the newly created Ganderbal district, 1,37,560 electors in the two constituencies of Kangan and Ganderbal are exercising their right to vote on November 23.

The number of service voters is 65 and the total number of polling stations is 142 as compared to 127 in 2002 elections.

The total electors registered from the Rajouri district for 2008 Elections is 3,56,318 including 2861 service voters. The number of polling stations is 388 as against 377 set up in 2002 elections.

Kangan constituency has 59,933 voters including 28,547.

The number of polling stations is 63 as compared to 58 in 2002.

Mian Altaf Ahmad, a gujjar leader, seeking re-election is pitted against Bashir Ahmad Mir (PDP), Abdul Rashid Ganie (NPP), Ghulam Ahmad Rather (INC), Ghulam Mustafa Kassana (BSP), Nazir Ahmad Raina (BJP), Shabir Ahmad Mir (ANC), Mohammad Sultan Lone ((JP), Rafiq Ahmad (Independent) and Mohammad Amin Sofi (independent).

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