Srinagar: The first phase of District Development Council elections 2020 recorded voter percentage of 39.6976 % across different constituencies spread over all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir till 01:00 pm.
As per the figures given by the office of State Election Commissioner, in Kashmir Division, Kupwara has recorded voting percentage of 34.1077%, Bandipora 34.1833%, Baramulla 25.58%, Ganderbal 36.2623%, Srinagar 29.944%, Budgam 47.4477%, Pulwama 6.08333 %, Shopian 22.375%, Kulgam 24.4948% and Anantnag 26.6565% till 01:00 pm.
Similarly, in Jammu division, Kishtwar has recorded voting percentage of 27.1467%, Doda 50.6346%, Ramban 54.9191%, Reasi 56.176%, Udhampur 45.0352 %, Kathua 54.2351%, Samba 59.2913%, Jammu 48.9676 %, Rajouri 57.731% and Poonch 55.4848% till 01:00 pm.
In this regard, the State Election Commissioner K K Sharma said that there are total 280 constituencies in JK (14 in each district) out of which voting will be conducted in 43 constituencies from 7 am to 2 pm in phase I.
He said that a total of 296 candidates are in the electoral fray including 207 male and 89 female candidates for DDC elections in Phase I.
In backdrop of the COVID crisis, the SEC urged the people to follow the guideline issued by the Election Commission besides put their face masks and maintain the social distance during polling. He also said that sanitizers, thermal scanner and face masks shall also be provided to the voters, in case they forget to carry their own face masks/ sanitizers.
Meanwhile, Internet services in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian have been snapped in view of the DDC polls.