New Delhi, Dec 20: Jammu and Kashmir registered its highest turn-out in assembly elections in the last 25 years with an estimated 76 per cent of voters casting their votes in the fifth and final phase of polling which went peacefully on Saturday, December 20.
Jharkhand, which also went to the polls along with J and K, broke all previous polling records to witness over 66 per cent of turn-out in the five phases, bettering the previous mark of 54.2 percent in the 2004 assembly poll.
Terming the overall polling percentage in J and K as "historic and unprecedented", Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi said the fifth and final phase of polling in the assembly elections today saw 76 percent of polling.
Similarly, the last phase recorded over 71 percent of polling in Jharkhand, he said.
"It has been the highest turn-out in the last 25 years. This has been a historic turn-out in the current elections... unprecedented and totally peaceful," he said about J and K elections.
The previous assembly elections of 2008 and 2002 had witnessed 61.42 per cent and 43.09 per cent respectively in J and K. The militancy-hit state has seen a quadrangular fight with ruling National Conference, main opposition PDP, BJP and Congress locked in the battle.
Describing the year 2014 as an eventful year for EC, he said "never in the history of elections has a year recorded such a voter turn-out", referring to a string of state Assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls held this year.
Here are the Live Updates:
5.00 pm: Polling ends in Jharkhand, nearly 63.84% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm.
4.30 pm: Voter turnout by 2 pm. Constituency wise breakup:
Bani - 61.35 %
Basohli - 52.60 %
Kathua -55.83 %
Billawar - 58.54 %
Hiranagar(SC) - 55.56 %
Nagrota - 56.00 %
Gandinagar - 41.42 %
Jammu East - 46.00 %
Jammu West - 56.00 %
Bishnah - 54.00 %
R S Pura (SC) - 61.74 %
Suchetgarh - 57.00 %
Marh - 65.44 %
Raipur Domana(SC) - 59.20 %
Akhnoor - 62.00 %
Chhamb(SC) - 56.00 %
Nowshara - 55.09 %
Darhal - 60.84 %
Rajouri - 54.00 %
Kalakote - 50.52 %
4.15 pm: Over 55 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 2 om in Jammu and Kashmir.
4.00 pm: BJP's Lal Singh casts his vote in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.
3.30 pm: MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh casts his vote in Jammu.
3.00 pm: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren says, "This is my home, today its the voters who have to go out & vote, we have done our work in our tenure."
2.30 pm: Overall voting percentage in Jharkhand till 1am - 53.86%
2.00 pm: Overall voting percentage in J&K till noon - 29.8%
1:30 pm: Overall voting percentage in Jharkhand till 1pm - 53.86%; Overall voting percentage in J&K till noon - 29.8%
12:22 pm: Fifth phase of Assembly elections record 12.09%
Voter turnout by 10 am. Constituency wise breakup:
Bani - 15.22 %
Basohli - 11.00 %
Kathua - 11.71 %
Billawar - 10.25 %
Hiranagar(SC) - 15.02 %
Nagrota - 17.00 %
Gandinagar - 10.00 %
Jammu East - 10.00 %
Jammu West - 9.00 %
Bishnah - 14.00 %
R. S. Pura (SC) - 19.00 %
Suchetgarh - 16.00 %
Marh - 12.00 %
Raipur Domana(SC) - 16.69 %
Akhnoor - 19.26 %
Chhamb(SC) - 16.00 %
Nowshara - 9.00 %
Darhal - 8.50 %
Rajouri - 4.61 %
Kalakote - 7.15 %
11:55 am: 12.09 % voting in Jammu till 10 am; Overall voting percentage in Jharkhand till 11am - 34.94%
10:08 am: Ajit Kr.Sahu,DC Jammu: Lot of excitement&enthusiasm amng ppl to vote,ppl coming out in large numbers despite the cold
9:45 am: Overall poll percentage in Jharkhand till 9am - 13.96%
9:30 am: Lot of enthusiasm among voters in both the states.
9:00 am: I am confident that NC will improve its tally in these polls : Devinder Singh Rana,NC
5th phase of Assembly polls : NC's Devinder Singh Rana casts his vote in Jammu
Polling begins in J-K at 8 am
Security tightened in Dumka(Jharkhand) as the last phase of Assembly polls begin pic.twitter.com/xePLXv6Ud7— ANI (@ANI_news) December 20, 2014
7:00 am: Polling begins across 16 assembly seats in Jharkhand