Over 65 percent voting recorded in LAHDC polls

Leh: Over 65 percent voting was recorded for the fifth Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh, which were held on Saturday to elect 26 new councilors, an official said.
In an official handout, the official said that the voting started at 8 a.m with a good number of voters turning out at most of the booths in Leh and surrounding villages. “The voters turnout of 65.17 polling percentages was indicative of the enthusiasm among the voters, especially, women who turned out in greater number at most of the polling booths in and around Leh town.”
The official said that a 93-year-old person, Abhi Dolma from Skara, was among the oldest voters who came to polling booth to cast the vote. “A large number of young voters were also witnessed during the polling that went peacefully across the district. The figures of percentage are tentative and are expected to rise as certain polling stations are still to give their result,” he added.
The spokesman said that the candidates from Congress, BJP, NC, PDP and New Ladakh Movement   are in fray apart from the independent candidates.
The counting of votes scheduled on October 23 which will decide the fate of 90 candidates, he said.
“In this election, a significant number of women candidates contesting from different constituencies setting a new trend towards their participation in decision making process in council in the district.”