51 % polling was recorded in phase 5 of Jammu and Kashmir local body elections

DDC Election: Polling was held in 2,104 polling stations, with 1,190 polling in Kashmir and 914 in Jammu division. Officials said that despite the severe cold conditions, voters voted with enthusiasm

Jammu: Over 51 percent polling was recorded in the fifth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) election in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Within the valley, Ganderbal district recorded 56.40 percent polling, while Jammu region’s Poonch district recorded the highest 71.62 percent polling.

State Election Commissioner (SEC) KK Sharma said that 51.20 per cent of the votes were recorded in 37 seats in the fifth phase of the DDC elections which passed peacefully within the union territory. He said that a large number of people had come to vote during this phase of the election.

The SEC said that the turnout was peaceful and others participated enthusiastically despite severe cold conditions in Kashmir division and some hilly areas of Jammu division.

“Voting in 37 constituencies of DDC has been peaceful, with 17 votes in Kashmir division and 20 votes in Jammu division, with 51.20 percent voting,” he said.

Voting took place at 2,104 polling stations, with 1,190 polling in Kashmir division and 914 in Jammu division.

Jammu division witnessed 66.67 percent polling, with 71.62 percent polling in Poonch district, 70.95 percent polling in Doda district and 70.83 percent polling in Rajouri district.

He said, “The lowest turnout in Jammu division was in Jammu district, which recorded 60.24 percent votes.”

In addition, the Kashmir division recorded 33.57 percent turnout with 52.35 percent turnout in Kupwara district and 45.65 percent turnout in Badgam with 56.40 percent polling in Bandipura district, the SEC said.

In Kashmir division, Ganderbal recorded polling percentage of 37.47, Baramulla 44.31, Anantnag 21.89, Kulgam 26.94, Pulwama 8.12 and Shopian 5.52.

Similarly, in Jammu division, Samba polled 64.71 percent, Udhampur 69.47 percent, Kishtwar 68.27 percent, Ramban 67.11 percent, Reasi 69.15 percent and Kathua 62.36 percent.