Panchayat polls: Kashmir records over 32 percent turnout, above 82 percent in Jammu

Panchayat polls: Kashmir records over 32 percent turnout,  above 82 percent in Jammu

File photo of the ongoing panchayat elections

JAMMU: In the fourth of panchayat polls held on Tuesday, overall poll percentage of 71.3 percent was witnessed across Jammu and Kashmir.

According to J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra, an overwhelming 82.4 percent polling was witnessed in Jammu and 32.3 percent in Kashmir.

Giving district-wise details, Kabra said that Kupwara witnessed 56.1%, Bandipora 24.4%, Baramulla 62.4%, Budgam 46.3%, Pulwama 0.6 %, Kulgam 14.5 %, Anantnag 6.2 %, Kishtwar 82.3%, Doda 84.6%, Ramban 81.1%, Udhampur 78.9%, Kathua 80.7%, Jammu 85.2 %, Rajouri 81.8% and Poonch 82.5%.

Kabra said in the phase-I of panchayat polls held on 17 November, 74.1% polling was recorded across J&K including 64.5% in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division. In the phase-II held on 20 November, an overall 71.1% polling was witnessed across the state with an overwhelming 80.4% polling in Jammu division and 52.2% in Kashmir division.

He said in phase-III, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 percent which includes 55.7 percent in Kashmir division and 83 percent in Jammu division.

Voting for next phase of  will take place on November 29, he said.

Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam has conveyed compliments from Governor Satya Pal Malik to the civil and police administration for “smooth, free and fair and peaceful conduct of panchayat polls amid challenging situation”.