Record 57.22 per cent electors cast vote in 7th phase of DDC polls in J&K

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Jammu, December 16: A record 3.93 lakh of the total 6.87 lakh electors on Wednesday cast their vote as Jammu and Kashmir recorded the highest ever 57.22 per cent polling so far in 31 constituencies which went to polls during the 7th phase of District Development Council elections.

Pointing out that the voter turn out had been the highest in all the seven phases of DDC elections held so far, UT’s State Election Commissioner K K Sharma, there had been no law and order issue except for two stray incidents. While one incident pertained to a person allegedly snatching ballot papers from the polling staff in a polling booth, other was of alleged threats to some voters by the polling agent of a contesting candidate in Poonch district. 

“We have taken cognisance of both the incidents and asked Poonch Deputy Commissioner to enquire into them,” Sharma said.

About the first instance involving snatching of ballot papers by a person, he said a video about the alleged incident had gone viral on social media. The police have registered a case and efforts are on to identify the person who had his face covered with a cloth, he said, adding that 11 ballot papers snatched by him too have been identified. It will be seen whether these are going to effect the outcome of result in the constituency, he added.

Meanwhile, Jammu division had the highest 71.93 per cent polling with Poonch recording 80.12 per cent turn out, followed by Reasi (76.75per cent), Udhampur (75.63), Samba (64.38), Rajouri (73.10), Kathua (72.85), Kishtwar (69.89), Jammu (68.66) and Ramban (67.75).

The lowest 58.82 per cent polling was in JAMMU’s Dida district.

Kashmir division recorded 39.52 per cent polling, with Bandipora having the highest 79.47 per cent, Baramulla (59.53), Kupwara (59.23), Ganderbal (53.69), Budgam (45.11), Anantnag (22.46), Kulgam (17.88), Pulwama (11.96), and Shopian (6.55).