3rd phase of DDC polls registers 50.53% turnout in J&K

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Jammu:3rd phase of DDC polls registers 50.53% turnout in J& K. State Election Commissioner (SEC) K.K. Sharma informed on Friday that the third phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir recorded 50.53 per cent voter turnout.3rd phase of DDC polls registers 50.53% turnout in J& K. The SEC said that a large number of people came out to cast their votes in the third phase of DDC polls. Long queues were seen right from the morning despite severe cold conditions in the Kashmir division and in the hilly areas of Jammu division.

Polling was largely peaceful in the 33 constituencies of DDC, including 16 in the Kashmir division and 17 in the Jammu division. A total of 3,72,643 voters (including 1,99,544 males and 1,73,099 females) out of 7,37,648 voters exercised their franchise to choose their representatives in their respective councils, the SEC said.

He informed that out of those who voted, 1,14,756 were from the Kashmir division and 2,57,887 from the Jammu division. He also said that polling was held on 2,046 polling stations, including 1,254 in the Kashmir division and 792 in the Jammu division.

The SEC further informed that Jammu division recorded an average voter turnout of 68.88 per cent with Reasi district recording the highest percentage of 75.20 per cent, followed by Rajouri district at 72.81 per cent. The lowest turnout in Jammu division was seen in Doda district which recorded 59.51 per cent polling.

The Kashmir division recorded an average turnout of 31.61 per cent. Kulgam district recorded the highest polling at 64.45 percent, followed by Bandipora at 56.73 percent and Budgam at 50.18 percent.

Giving the district-wise details, the SEC said that in the Kashmir division, the polling percentage recorded in Kupwara was 46.25 percent, followed by Baramulla at 30.94 percent, Ganderbal at 24.69 percent, Shopian at 22.68 percent, Anantnag at 21.64 percent, and Pulwama at 10.87 percent.

Similarly, in the Jammu division, a poll percentage of 72.18 percent was recorded in Poonch, followed by 70.44 percent in Jammu, 70.35 percent in Kishtwar, 70.15 percent in Samba, 64.79 percent in Ramban, and 62.18 percent in Kathua.

Further, he said that counting of votes for sarpanch and panch constituencies, which went to the polls in the third phase, is being conducted immediately after the close of the poll and the results shall be declared shortly.

–IANS

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