Jammu and Kashmir District Development Council (DDC) election second phase recorded a voter turnout of 48.62 per cent turnout. The election handed off peacefully on Tuesday. Jammu area witnessed 65.54 % voting, whereas Kashmir valley recorded a median of 33.34 % turnout, state election commissioner KK Sharma advised reporters.
Bandipora district recorded the very best turnout in Kashmir at 69.66 % which was the third-highest within the union territory. A turnout of 51.76 was recorded within the first phase on November 28 — 64.2 % within the Jammu division and 40.65 % within the Kashmir division.
The election is critical as it’s the first main democratic train for the reason that Centre abrogated Article 370 that gave particular standing to J-Okay and bifurcated the state into two union territories in August yr.
Poonch recorded the very best turnout of 75 % on Tuesday, whereas Pulwama retained its place on the backside, as within the first phase, with simply 8.67 % folks casting their votes. Out of the 280 constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, 43 went to polls within the second phase with 25 in Kashmir and 18 within the Jammu division. Voting was held in 43 DDC constituencies together with 25 in Kashmir and 18 within the Jammu area within the first phase.
“The voting for the second phase of DDC elections passed off peacefully with no incident reported from anywhere in the union territory. The overall voting percentage for the second phase was 48.62 per cent,” Sharma stated. On the dip in ballot share within the valley, Sharma stated it was for the folks to vote.
“We have been appealing to people to vote in the DDC polls as these are very important in electing the decision-making body at the district level. We have run awareness campaigns in this regard but in the end, it is the people who have to vote, ” he stated.
Giving particulars, Sharma stated 1.45 lakh folks together with 62,117 girls turned as much as forged their votes within the valley. In Jammu, 1.27 lakh male voters and 1.13 lakh feminine voters exercised their franchise.