Panchayat Polls in J&K Witnessed High Turnoutby Opinion Express December 5, 2018 0 comments
Braving plummeting temperature and amid shutdown by separatists, the 7th phase of panchayat polls was conducted in Jammu & Kashmir, registering a turnout of 75.3 percent.
According to the Chief Electoral Officer J&K Shaleen Kabra an impressive 84.8 percent polling was witnessed in Jammu division and 30.3% in Kashmir division.
Giving district-wise details, Kabra said that Bandipora witnessed 25.2% polling , Kupwara 45%, Baramulla 17.8%, Ganderbal 30.9%, Budgam 13.1%, Anantnag 15.5%, Ramban 83%, Reasi 86.7%, Samba 85.5%, Jammu 83.7%, Rajouri 84% and Poonch 86.6%.
The polling was held at 2714 polling stations across the State including 576 in Kashmir division and 2138 in Jammu division.
At the end of 6 Phases of Panchayat Polls, an overall voter turnout of 73.6% was recorded across the State, with a poll percentage of 46.1% in the Kashmir division including Leh & Kargil and 82.8% in the Jammu division for the first 6 phases.
Pertinently in phase 6 of panchayat polls held on December 1, overall poll percentage of 76.9% was witnessed across the State including 84.6% in Jammu division and 17.3% in Kashmir division. In Phase-5 which went to polls on November 29, the State witnessed a polling percentage of 71.1% including 33.7% in Kashmir division and 85.2% in Jammu division. In Phase-4, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 71.3%, including 82.4% polling was witnessed in Jammu division and 32.3% in Kashmir division.
In Phase-3, the State witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2% which includes 55.7% in Kashmir division and 83.0% in Jammu division. In Phase-2, overall 71.1% polling was witnessed across the State with an overwhelming 80.4% polling in Jammu division and 52.2% in Kashmir division. Similarly, in the Phase-I of Panchayat Polls, 74.1% polling was recorded across J&K including 64.5% in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division.
As per CEO, the results have been announced for all these Phases by the respective Returning Officers. Adequate security arrangements had been made including deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in the poll bound areas. The separatist leadership known as Joint Resistance Leadership-JRL had called for shutdown in all poll bound areas in Kashmir region.
Writer: Khursheed Wani
Courtesy: The Pioneer