Srinagar: Over seventy one percent electorate cast their vote in Tuesday’s polling for the first phase of the Assembly elections across 15 constituencies spread in seven districts of the state, officials said.
The Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula said 77 percent votes were cast in 9-Gurez, 70 percent in 10-Bandipora, 80 percent in 11-Sonawari, 76 percent in 16-Kangan, 53 percent in 17-Ganderbal, 75.6 percent in 47-Nobra, 66 percent in 48-Leh, 60 percent in 49-Kargil, 71 percent in 50-Zanskar, 68.83 percent in 51-Kishtwar, 72.54 percent in 52-Inderwal, 79 percent in 53-Doda, 70 percent in 54-Bhaderwah, 68 percent in 55-Ramban (SC) and 70 percent in 56 Banihal.
A 61 percent voter turnout was recorded in the 2008 Assembly polls for these 15 seats—six in Jammu division, five in Kashmir Valley and four in Ladakh.
In the five Valley constituencies, two in Ganderbal district recorded 68 percent turnout—an increase of 13 percent from 2008 Assembly polls—while three in Bandipora district recorded 70.30 per cent, registering an increase of 11 percent.
In the six seats of Jammu division, two constituencies in Doda district recorded a turnout of 76 percent while it was 70 percent each for the four seats in Kishtwar and Ramban districts.
While there was increase of eight percent in Doda district and nearly four percent in Ramban district, Kishtwar district recorded a drop of over three percent.
“The polling was held in a peaceful atmosphere and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the constituency and in order to ensure that the polling is done in various inaccessible areas of the hilly districts 43 air sorties were done,” Narula told reporters in Jammu.
The Chief Electoral Officer said that the constituencies that went to the polls were spread over seven districts for which as many as 1787 polling station at 1606 locations were set up, which included 85 critical and 558 hypersensitive ones.
In order to improve the voting experience of the voters 92 model polling stations were established with innovative facilities, Narula said, adding that web casting was done on 159 polling stations and 148 digital and 118 video cameras were deployed.
The CEO said 123 candidates were in the fray for these 15 constituencies which comprised 1061275 numbers of electors including 558178 males, 503086 females and 11 third gender voters.—With inputs from PTI