40.31% Votes Polled Till 1 PM In 2nd Phase Of DDC Elections In J&K

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Srinagar- Over 40 per cent polling was recorded till 01:00 PM in the 2nd phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, with Jammu district recording the highest voting percentage at 61.10 and Pulwama the lowest at 6.96 so far, officials said.

The voting began at 7 AM and will conclude at 2 PM.

As per the figures given by the office of State Election Commissioner, in Kashmir Division, Kupwara has recorded voting percentage of 34.44%, Bandipora 60.99%, Baramulla 24.69%, Ganderbal 39.05%, Srinagar 28.41%, Budgam 37.72%, Pulwama 6.96 %, Shopian 13.08%, Kulgam 24.34% and Anantnag 28.13% till 01:00 PM.

Similarly, in Jammu division, Kishtwar has recorded voting percentage of 50.47%, Doda 55.82%, Ramban 57.31%, Reasi 53.67%, Udhampur 45.31%, Kathua 50.71%, Samba 57.42%, Jammu 61.10 %, Rajouri 53.27% and Poonch 59.90% till 01:00 PM.

The Kashmir Division recorded an overall polling percentage of 27.84% while as Jammu Division recorded 54.10% upto 01:00 PM. Overall, 40.31 % voters have casted their votes upto 1 PM.

As many as 321 candidates are in the fray in the second phase of the DDC polls and voting is taking place at 2,142 polling booths. As many as 7.90 lakh voters are eligible to vote in this phase of elections.

Out of the 280 constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, 43 are going to polls in the union territory in the second phase 25 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu division.

Election is also being held in 83 sarpanch constituencies for which a total of 223 candidates are contesting in the phase two.

Also, by-polls are being held in 331 panch constituencies. Over 700 candidates are in the fray for these seats.

Authorities have declared all 1,300 polling stations in the valley as sensitive.

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