J&K Civic Polls: Around 31% voter turnout recorded in phase 2
Srinagar, Oct 10: Around 31% polling was recorded in the phase two of municipal polls across Jammu and Kashmir.
Nearly 80 per cent of over 1.26 lakh voters exercised their franchise in Jammu while there was a low voter turnout yet again in Kashmir with 3.4 per cent of 2.20 lakh electorate casting their votes on Wednesday in the second phase of municipal polls in the state, officials said. The second phase witnessed overall voter turnout of 31.3 percent out of total electorate of 3.47 lakh in the state, they said.
Polling was held in over 380 local bodies spread across 13 districts in the second phase of the urban local body elections at Jammu and Kashmir. Polling was held amidst a shutdown called by the separatists.
"The precise total turnout of Doda is 72.77%. Out of 13,000 voters, 10,000 voters have caste their votes. The polling was peaceful and incident free. Polling was completed smoothly," Simrandeep Singh, District Development Commissioner (DDC) of Doda told ANI.
The Valley continues to record low polling percentage, with 0.8% in Srinagar and 0.6% in Anantnag till 10am. In comparison, Kathua had recorded 39.4% and Reasi 35.7%.
The second phase will cover 384 wards (166 in Kashmir and 218 in Jammu) spanning 13 districts - six in Jammu and seven in the Valley, officials said, adding 1,094 contestants are in the fray. Of these, 65 candidates, including 61 in Kashmir, have won the polls uncontested. No polling will take place at 56 wards in the Valley as no nomination was received.
The elections, to be held in four phases, began on October 8 and will end on October 16.The first phase on Monday saw a voter turnout of 8.3% in the Kashmir Valley, while more than 65% of the electorate voted in the Jammu and Ladakh divisions.
Chief electoral officer Shaleen Kabra, said the polling time, increased by one hour, will be between 6 am and 4 pm.