J&K: First phase of DDC polls end with 51.7 voter turnout

at 8:08 pm

Srinagar (NVI): State Election Commissioner (SEC), K K Sharma, today said that 51.7 per cent voter turnout was recorded for the first phase of District Development Council (DDC) election in Jammu and Kashmir.

He added, “A large number of people participated in the first ever District Development Council (DDC) polls.”

Addressing a press conference in Jammu, SEC Sharma said that except a small incident of stone pelting in Kulgam district of south Kashmir polls were conducted peacefully.

Sharma added that 43 DDC constituencies went to polls today where 7 lakh voters are registered.

“Total per cent of voting for J&K UT was 51.7.  In Jammu, voting per cent was 64.2 per cent and in Kashmir 40. 65 per cent voting was recorded,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Jammu, highest percentage of voting was recorded in Reasi with 74.6 per cent voter turnout, 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,” Sharma said.

“In the phase one, 43 constituencies went for poll in J&K 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 3,62,000 votes polled, 1,93,000 were male and 1,69,000 were females,” Sharma said.