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DDC Elections: J&K records 51.7 per cent voting in Phase 1

Voter injured in a stone-pelting incident in Kulgam district during DDC Elections

SRINAGAR (J&K)

State Election Commissioner, K K Sharma on Saturday said that a large number of people participated in the first-ever District Development Council (DDC) polls with 51.7 per cent voting being recorded for the Phase 1 in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

K. K. Sharma, while addressing a press conference in Jammu, said that barring an incident of stone-pelting in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, the election process for the Phase-1 of DDC polls passed off peacefully.

DDC Elections J&K records 51.7 percent voting in Phase 1 - Digpu
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“There was a small incident of stone pelting (at Kulgam). Police have already taken cognizance of the incident,” he said, as per a local news gathering agency.

Sharma said that 43 DDC constituencies went to polls where 7 lakh voters were registered. “Total percent of voting for J&K UT was 51.7. In Jammu, voting percentage was 64.2 and in Kashmir, 40.65 percent votes were polled,” he said.

DDC Elections J&K records 51.7 percent voting in Phase 1 - Digpu
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In Jammu, highest percentage of voting was recording in Reasi with 74.6 percent. Rajouri recorded 70.5 percent, 68.9 percent in Poonch and 68 percent in Samba.

“In southern Kashmir, highest voting was recorded in Shopian at 42.58 per cent,” Sharma said, adding, “In Phase 1, 43 constituencies went for the poll in J&K of which 25 were in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu.”

DDC Elections J&K records 51.7 percent voting in Phase 1 - Digpu
(Photo Credits: Aasif Ganaie / Digpu)

He said the first phase recorded large participation of people and most of the voting took place between 7 AM to 8 AM, while revealing, “Out of the 362000 votes polled, 193000 were male and 169,000 were females.”

By-elections to 12,153 Panchayat constituencies are also taking place along with the DDC polls. Out of these, 11,814 are in the Kashmir valley and the rest 339 in Jammu.

DDC Elections J&K records 51.7 percent voting in Phase 1 - Digpu
(Photo Credits: Aasif Ganaie / Digpu)

Authorities had placed heightened security arrangements for the smooth conduct of the polls which will decide the fate of 1,475 candidates across Jammu and Kashmir.

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Aasif is a journalist and a news enthusiast based in Jammu & Kashmir. He voyages to explore and uncover the stories that need to be told. With a special focus on data journalism, the journo also writes about happenings, events and everything that matters.

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