48.62% of registered voting in Phase 2 of DDC polls
In the second phase of the District Development Council (DDC) surveys, 48.62% of people exercised their franchise in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
The percentage of votes has fallen in Kashmir while it increased marginally in the Jammu division compared to Phase 1. While only a third of the total electorate cast their votes in Kashmir, it was two-thirds in the Jammu division.
State Elections Commissioner KK Sharma said 48.62% of the electorate voted in the second phase at J&K. “The survey percentage was 33.34% in Kashmir and 65.54% in Jammu division,” he said. In the first phase on Saturday, 51.7% of the votes were registered: 40.65% in Kashmir and 64.2% in Jammu.
The vote was carried out in 43 seats across the UT to decide the fate of 321 candidates in contention in the second phase: 196 in Kashmir and 125 in Jammu. Up to 2,142 polling stations were established throughout the UT. The main competition is between the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Apni Party.
The SEC said the polls were conducted peacefully throughout the region. “In general, the situation in the 20 districts was good. No adverse incidents were reported in Jammu or Kashmir. Only one incident of a discussion about the validity of a person’s proof of identity took place in Jammu, ”he said.
In Kashmir, the highest vote was recorded in Bandipora, where 69.66% of the electorate voted, followed by Kupwara with 58.69%. Sharma said that Pulwama recorded the lowest of 8.67% of polls in Kashmir, a shortness higher than 6% of Phase 1.
In Jammu, the highest vote was Poonch with 75.07%, followed by Jammu with 69.97%. The lowest percentage in the Kathua district with 60.1%. Of the 7.90 lakh voters eligible to vote in the second phase, 1.35,990 cast their ballots in Kashmir and 2.41,411 in Jammu.
In the Kashmir Division, the survey percentage recorded in Budgam was 43.51%, Srinagar 33.78%, Kulgam 29.90%, Baramulla 28.95%, Shopian 17.28%, Anantnag 16.09% and Pulwama 8.67%.
Similarly, in Jammu Division, a survey percentage of 61.64% was recorded in Kishtwar, 64.80% in Doda, 66.23% in Ramban, 62.51% in Udhampur, 66.38% in Samba and 69.27% in Reasi% and 60.21% in Rajouri.
The DDC elections are the first major electoral exercise to take place in Jammu and Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370 in August last year and the bifurcation of the old state into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh .
The eight-phase election will end on December 19 and scrutiny will take place on December 22. The third phase of elections will take place on December 4.