DDC Polls: JK records 51.7% voting in Phase 1

Amid polls stone-pelting incident reported in Kulgam

Kashmir records 40.65% voting, Jammu 64.2%

Srinagar: State Election Commissioner (SEC) K K Sharma on Saturday said that 51.7 per cent voting was recorded for the phase one in JK in the first-ever District Development Council (DDC) polls.

Addressing a press conference in Jammu, SEC Sharma said that barring small incident of “stone pelting” in Kulgam district of South Kashmir, the election process for the phase-1 of DDC polls passed off peacefully.

“There was a small incident of stone-pelting (at Kulgam). Police have already taken cognizance of the incident,” he said.

Sharma said that 43 DDC constituencies went to polls where 7 lakh voters were registered. “Total per cent of voting for JK was 51.7.  In Jammu, voting per cent was 64.2 per cent and in Kashmir, poll 40. 65 per cent voting was recorded,” he said.

In Jammu, the highest percentage of voting was recorded in Reasi 74.6 per cent with 70.5 per cent in Rajouri, 68.9 in Poonch and 68 per cent in Samba. “In South Kashmir, highest voting was recorded in Shopian at 42.58 per cent,” reads the report prepared by the state election commission.

“In phase one, 43 constituencies went for the poll in JK of which 25 were in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu,” the SEC said.

He said the first phase recorded large participation of people and most of the voting took place between 7 am to 8 am. “Out of the 362000 votes polled, 193000 were male and 169,000 were females,” Sharma said.


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