Panchayat By-Elections: 60% Turnout In Fifth Round Of Panch Polls

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Jammu: The fifth round of polling for the vacant Panch and Sarpanch seats held across Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 59.90 and 52.43 percent turnout respectively, State Election Commissioner K.K Sharma said Friday.

Divulging the details, Sharma said, Jammu division recorded 77.52 per cent and Kashmir division recorded 58.35 per cent voter turnout during the 5th phase of Panch by-elections in 229 constituencies. Similarly, 52.43 per cent voting was registered on vacant Sarpanch constituencies in 125 constituencies in the Union Territory, he said.

The SEC further said that 75.84 per cent polling was registered in Jammu division whereas 42.85 per cent polling was recorded in Kashmir division.

“Doda district recorded the highest voter turnout of 90.83 per cent for Panch by-elections followed by Reasi with 88.51 per cent and Poonch with 84.09 per cent. Similarly, Budgam district topped with 69 per cent voter turnout in Kashmir division followed by Kupwara with 66.82 per cent and Bandipora with 64.91 per cent,” Sharma said.

While giving information about the highest voter turnout in both the divisions, the SEC said that in Sarpanch by-polls, Kupwara recorded the highest voter turnout with 84.24 per cent in Kashmir division followed by Bandipora with 71.60 per cent and Budgam with 55.78 per cent.

“Besides, Jammu topped the polling percentage with 81.13 per cent in Jammu division followed by Poonch with 80.37 per cent and Reasi with 79.78 per cent,” he said.

SEC also informed that polling was held at 271 polling stations for Sarpanch by-polls and at 229 polling stations for Panch elections.

While giving an overview of the polling process, Sharma said that the polling was peaceful and smooth across the region at all polling stations.

SEC Reviews Counting Preparations

The State Election Commissioner (SEC), KK Sharma on reviewed the preparations for counting of District Development Council (DDC) elections to be held on December 22.

Sharma reviewed the preparations in a meeting here on Friday which was attended by Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma and Deputy Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir, Secretary State Election Commission, Anil Salgotra and other officers participated in the meeting held via video conferencing, an official spokesperson said.

The meeting, he said, discussed the arrangements and manpower for the counting of the polls which would be held on December 22 from 9 am.

“The SEC received one-by-one feedback from all the deputy commissioners and the arrangements so far taken for the counting day,” the official spokesperson said.

The SEC, he said, directed the concerned DCs to make available all the counting halls and the staff as the counting would be done manually by counting ballot papers on the counting assigned counting tables.

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