Over 51 percent voter turnout was recorded in the fifth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, an official said. Ganderbal district recorded the highest of 56.40 percent polling in the Valley, while Poonch district of Jammu region polled the highest of 71.62 percent votes across J-K.
Talking to reporters, State Election Commissioner (SEC) K K Sharma said 51.20 percent voter turnout was recorded across 37 seats in the fifth phase of DDC elections that passed off peacefully in the Union Territory. He said a large number of people came out to cast their votes during this phase of the election.
The SEC said polling was peaceful and people participated enthusiastically despite severe cold conditions in Kashmir division and some hilly areas of Jammu division. ”Voting has been peaceful in the poll going 37 constituencies of DDC, including 17 in Kashmir division and 20 in Jammu division, that witnessed 51.20 percent of polling,” he added.
The voting was held in 2,104 polling stations, including 1,190 in Kashmir division and 914 in Jammu division. Jammu division recorded an average voter turnout of 66.67 percent, with Poonch district recording 71.62 percent polling, Doda district 70.95 percent and Rajouri district 70.83 percent.
”The lowest turnout in Jammu division was in Jammu district which recorded 60.24 percent votes,” he said. Besides, Kashmir division recorded 33.57 percent voter turnout with Bandipora district recording the highest polling at 56.40 percent followed by Kupwara district 52.35 percent and Budgam 45.65 percent, the SEC said.
In Kashmir Division the polling percentage recorded in Ganderbal was 37.47, Baramulla 44.31, Anantnag 21.89, Kulgam 26.94, Pulwama 8.12 and Shopian 5.52. Similarly, in Jammu division, 64.71 percent polling was recorded in Samba, 69.47 percent in Udhampur, 68.27 percent in Kishtwar, 67.11 percent in Ramban, 69.15 percent in Reasi and 62.36 percent in Kathua, he added. Polling was also held for panch and sarpanch vacancies notified in the fifth phase.
First Published: IST