Incident-free sixth phase records 51.5% voting in J&K


SRINAGAR: Polling for the 31 DDC segments (14) in Kashmir division and (17) in Jammu division was held on Sunday peacefully as Jammu division saw a lot of rush on the election booths right from the morning.

Poonch district of Jammu recorded the highest voter turnout as over 76% voters used their right. In Kashmir valley due to the bad weather conditions and cold, SEC said 31.55% voters used their right to vote.

The State Election Commissioner (SEC), KK Sharma on Sunday evening said “that people of Jammu and Kashmir once again reaffirmed their faith in democratic system by actively participating in the process underway to strengthen the same”.

SEC informed the media in the briefing that that polling was held in 2071 polling stations including 1208 from Kashmir division and 863 from Jammu division.

He further said that Jammu division recorded an average voter turnout of 68.56% with Poonch district recording the highest percentage of 76.78% followed by Rajouri district with 74.03% and 74.02% voting recorded in Reasi district. The lowest turnout in Jammu division was in Kathua district which recorded 60.95%.

Giving details about Kashmir division SEC said that it recorded 31.55% average voter turnout with Ganderbal district recording the highest polling at 58.45% followed by Kupwara District at 51.08% and Bandipora with around 47.66% polling.

SEC further said that counting of votes for Sarpanch and Panch constituencies which went to poll in the 6th phase is being conducted immediately after the close of poll and results shall be declared.