Panchayat Polls Phase-V: Kashmir records 33.7% turnout

Panchayat Polls Phase-V: Kashmir records 33.7% turnout
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42.5% in Kupwara, 0.5% in Pulwama

JAMMU: The fifth phase of Panchayat Polls held on Thursday, saw a 71.1 percent turnout in the state, with Kashmir division recording 33.7 percent polling and Jammu recording 85.2 percent turnout.
Giving district-wise details, Chief Electoral Officer J&K, Shaleen Kabra said that Kupwara witnessed 42.5% polling, Bandipora 34.6%, Baramulla 32.9%, Ganderbal 20.3%, Budgam 34.8%, Pulwama 0.5 %, Anantnag 10.1 %, Doda 83.3%, Ramban 85.2%, Udhampur 82%, Reasi 89.1%, Jammu 88.9 %, Rajouri 82.8% and Poonch 84.5%.
Kabra said in the Phase-I of polls held on 17 November 2018, 74.1% polling was recorded across J&K including 64.5% in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division. In the Phase-II of Panchayat Polls held on 20 November 2018, 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% which includes 55.7% in Kashmir division and 83.0% in Jammu division.
In Phase-IV, he said, JK witnessed 71.3% voting IV with 82.4% electors exercising their franchise in Jammu division and 32.3% in Kashmir division.
Meanwhile, 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. He said it is heartening to note that the process is half way through and the credit goes to the divisional, district and police administration and all other concerned Departments for ensuring smooth polls.
The Chief Secretary was, on the instructions of the Governor, camping in Srinagar to himself monitor the election process.