51.7% participation in the first phase of the JK DDC surveys
The first phase of the inaugural elections for the District Development Council registered 51.76% of the vote in 43 constituencies that went to the polls under strict security arrangements in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, official figures showed.
The contest is between the recently launched People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration, the BJP and the Apni Party raised by former Finance Minister Altaf Bukhari.
State Elections Commissioner KK Sharma said: “The first phase of the DDC polls was carried out in 43 constituencies in the 20 UT districts. No adverse incident was reported anywhere other than a minor incident in which a child threw a stone at a polling station in Kulgam. The police took notice ”.
Sharma said a lot of people went out to practice their franchise. “Of the 7 lakh voters, 51.76% voted today; 212,244 voters turned out in Jammu and 150,522 in Kashmir despite the cold snap conditions, and that is an encouraging sign, ”he said.
Sharma said that the Jammu region registered a vote percentage of 64.2 while Kashmir registered 40.65.
The official said that a total of 362,000 voters exercised their right to vote, which included 193,000 men and 169,000 women, despite severe cold waves in the upper reaches of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The highest voting percentage in Jammu was recorded in the Reasi district with 74.6%, followed by Rajouri, 70.52%, Poonch, 68.69% and Samba, 68.61%. In Kashmir, the Budgam district recorded a higher voting percentage of 56.96, followed by Kupwara, 50.74%, Ganderbal, 48.62%, and Shopian, 42.58%. Twenty-five constituencies in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu went to the polls in the first phase.
The counting of votes for the eight-phase elections will take place on December 22.
In the second phase, on December 1, a total of 43 constituencies, 25 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu, will go to the polls, with 321 candidates in the fray, including 125 in Jammu and 196 in Kashmir. For the second phase, there will be 2,762 voting tables for 760,664 voters.
The state electoral commission has prohibited the conduct of exit polls and the publication / display of the results of said exit polls until the end of the last phase of the elections.
An order from Sharma read: “In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 36 of the Panchayati Raj Act of Jammu and Kashmir, the electoral authority prohibits the conduct of exit polls and the publication or publication or display of the result of exit polls by print or electronic means or otherwise in the ongoing DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir UT until the time set for the conclusion of the elections in the last phase of these elections on December 19 “.