J&K Records 31.3 Per Cent Turnout In Second Phase Of Urban Local Bodies Election

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New Delhi: The overall voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir has been recorded at 31.3 per cent in the second phase of the urban local bodies election with Jammu division recording over 78 per cent voting. The Kashmir Valley recorded only an average of three per cent.

Polling was held in 11 districts — six in Jammu region and five in Kashmir — for 263 municipal wards in the second of the four phase elections amid tight security arrangements. Over 1,000 candidates, including nearly 900 in Jammu region, were in the fray.

Chief electoral officer ShaleenKabra said that overall 31.3 per cent polling was witnessed in the second phase. Cumulative polling percentage till date is 47.2 per cent with 67.7 per cent voting recorded in Jammu division and 8.3 per cent in Kashmir division in the first phase on October 8 and second phase Wednesday.

In the first two phases, 4,36,285 voters exercised their franchise out of a total of 9,33,000 eligible voters, he said.The other two phases will be held on October 13 and 16, while votes will be counted on October 20.

On Wednesday, the Jammu division districts of Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar saw 78.6 per cent polling for 214 wards with Reasi recording the highest turnout of 84.6 per cent.

Kishtwar deputy commissioner Angrez Singh Rana said, “Kishtwar district recorded an overall 72.77 percentage voter turnout. The polling was conducted peacefully. We had a total of 9125 voters out of whom 6641 exercised their right.”

Ramban deputy commissioner ShowkatAijazBhat said the district had a total poll percentage of 79.5 per cent.

“The polling in ward number 2 in Ramban was cancelled following the death of BharatiyaJanata Party candidate, Azad Singh Raju. He died of a heart attack,” he added.

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