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Almost 52% vote in Phase 1 of the first J&K poll as UT | India News


SRINAGAR: In the cold, and with the chilling idea of ​​past terrorist disruptions wrapped in a security blanket, the first phase of J & K’s inaugural election exercise as a Union Territory on Saturday saw a 51.7% voter turnout in 43 recently delimited. District Development Council (DDC) electoral districts spread over 14 districts.
The terrorist-infested Bandipora district in northern Kashmir was the surprise package with 43.5% of the electorate lining up in the morning to vote. Among the troubled districts in southern Kashmir that were part of the first phase of the elections, Shopian recorded the highest turnout of 42.5%.
The only problem was that the Jabdi village of Karnah tehsil in Kupwara did not register a single vote, which election officials attributed to a boycott of polls on local issues.
Reasi recorded the highest turnout of 74.6% in the Jammu division, while the Budgam district topped the Valley’s voting statistics with 56.9%, said J&K election commissioner KK Sharma.
Sharma told reporters in Jammu that except for a lone case of stoning at a polling station in Kulgam, southern Kashmir, the first of eight phases of the DDC polls went smoothly.
“The 43 DDC constituencies that went to the polls in the first phase together have an electorate of 7 lakhs. Almost 52% of them casting their votes is an encouraging sign for the democratic process in J&K. In Jammu, the figure of votes was 64.2%. The Kashmir division recorded 40.6% of polls. ”
Of the 43 constituencies where the polls were conducted, 25 are in the Kashmir division and 18 are in Jammu.
At 1.69 lakh, women were not far behind the 1.93 lakh turnout of male voters. Most of the 3.6 lakh votes polled in the first phase were blocked in the EVMs between 7 and 8 in the morning. “I congratulate all candidates, including those competing for seats independently, for participating in the DDC elections,” said Election Commissioner Sharma.

Times of India