Phase III Panch Elections Witness 61% Turnout

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49.25% Votes Polled For Sarpanch Seats

Jammu: The third phase of by-elections held on Friday to vacant seats of Panch and Sarpanch in Jammu and Kashmir recorded 61.10% and 49.25% voter turnout respectively, State Election Commissioner (SEC) K K Sharma said Saturday.

In Jammu division, 79.47 percent while in Kashmir division 59.63 percent voter turnout was recorded for the third phase of by-poll to vacant Panch seats held in 327 constituencies on Friday, Sharma said.

Regarding vacant Sarpanch constituencies, Sharma said, 49.25 per cent polling was registered in 66 constituencies. “Besides, 74.74 per cent polling was registered in Jammu division where as 42.57 per cent voting was recorded in Kashmir division,” the SEC said.

In Jammu division, he said, Kishtwar district recorded the highest voter turnout of 89.55 per cent for Panch by-elections followed by Rajouri with 88.29 per cent and Ramban with 86.10 per cent.

“Similarly, Kulgam district topped the voter turnout in Kashmir division with 77.11 per cent followed by Budgam with 74.21 per cent and Bandipora with 64.88 per cent,” Sharma added.

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