15 nominations rejected, 70 in fray for five Kathua seats

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Jammu, Nov 26 (UNI) Seventy candidates are left in the fray for five Assembly seats of Kathua district after 15 nomination papers were rejected during scrutiny.

Five Assembly seats of Kathua district will go to the polls with five constituencies of Kashmir division in the sixth phase on December 13.

''Out of the 85 nomination papers filed for the five Assembly constituencies of Kathua, 70 nominations were found valid after scrutiny of the nomination papers, which was held at the headquarters of the respective Returning Officers yesterday,'' an official spokesman said.

For Kathua Assembly constituency, 21 nomination papers were found valid and one nomination paper was rejected. Four of 15 nomination papers were rejected in Hiranagar Assembly constituency.

Two nominations were rejected in Billawar Assembly constituency, leaving 15 candidates in fray. The maximum six nomination papers, out of 17, were rejected in Basohli Assembly constituency.

In Bani Assembly constituency, 12 nomination papers were found valid and two nomination papers were rejected, the spokesman said.

Besides five assembly seats of Kathua district, four constituencies of Pulwama and two of Shopian will go to the polls in the sixth phase of seven-phased election in Jammu and Kashmir.

Tomorrow is the last date for withdrawal of the nomination papers.

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