Jammu: The fifth phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections held across 37 constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir recorded over 51 percent voter turnout, State Election Commissioner (SEC), K K Sharma said Thursday.
Talking to media persons here after the voting ended, Sharma said that polling was peaceful and people participated enthusiastically despite severe cold conditions in Kashmir division and some hilly areas of Jammu division. He said polling was peaceful in the 37 constituencies of DDC including 17 in Kashmir division and 20 in Jammu division and the turnout was recorded 51.20 percent.
He also said that polling was held in 2104 polling stations including 1190 from Kashmir division and 914 from Jammu division.
“Jammu division recorded an average voter turnout of 66.67 per cent with Poonch District recording the highest percentage of 71.62 per cent followed by Doda district with 70.95 per cent and 70.83 per cent voting recorded in Rajouri district. The lowest turnout in Jammu division was in Jammu district which recorded 60.24 per cent,” the SEC said.
“Kashmir Division recorded 33.57 per cent average voter turnout with Bandipora district recording the highest polling at 56.40 per cent followed by Kupwara District at 52.35 per cent and Budgam with around 45.65 per cent polling,” he added.
Giving district wise details, SEC said that in Kashmir Division the polling percentage recorded in Ganderbal was 37.47 per cent, Baramulla 44.31 per cent, Anantnag 21.89 per cent, Kulgam 26.94 per cent, Pulwama 8.12 per cent and 5.52 per cent polling was registered in Shopian.
“Similarly, in Jammu division poll percentage of 64.71 per cent was recorded in Samba, 69.47 per cent in Udhampur, 68.27 per cent in Kishtwar, 67.11 per cent in Ramban, 69.15 per cent in Reasi and 62.36 per cent in Kathua,” Sharma said.
Further, the SEC said that counting of votes for Sarpanch and Panch constituencies which went to poll in the 5th phase is being conducted immediately after the close of poll and results shall be declared.
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