Panchayat By-Elections: Over 63 % Turnout In Phase-IV

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Jammu: The fourth phase of polling for Panch and Sarpanch vacancies held across Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded 63.08 and 59.71 percent turnout, State Election Commissioner K.K Sharma said Tuesday.

Jammu division recorded 82.29% and Kashmir 62.31% voter turnout during the 4th phase of Panch by-elections held across 215 constituencies, Sharma said. About vacant Sarpanch constituencies, the SEC said, 59.71% voting was recorded in 50 constituencies.

Sharma said that polling was held at 210 polling stations including 134 in Kashmir division and 76 in Jammu division for Sarpanch by-polls and at 215 polling stations including 207 in Kashmir division and 8 in Jammu division for panch elections.

“76.53% polling was registered in Jammu division whereas 46.23% voting was recorded in Kashmir division,” he said.

He further said that in Jammu division, Kishtwar district recorded the highest voter turnout of 97.59% for Panch by-elections followed by Jammu with 84.19% and Doda with 83.73%.

“Similarly, Budgam district topped with 65.35% voter turnout in Kashmir division followed by Kupwara with 64.87% and Ganderbal with 63.75%,” he added.

In Sarpanch by-polls elections, Sharma said, Ganderbal recorded the highest voter turnout with 67.45% in Kashmir division followed by Baramulla with 61.76% and Kupwara with 61.13%.

“Reasi topped the polling percentage with 83.62% in Jammu division followed by Jammu with 83.35% and Rajouri with 83.16% in 4th phase of elections,” he added.

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