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Phase IV of Panchayat Polls witnesses 71.3% voting

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82.4% electors exercise franchise in Jammu division, 32.3% in Kashmir division

Jammu, Nov 27: In the Phase-IV of Panchayat Polls held today, overall poll percentage of 71.3 percent was witnessed across the state.

According to the Chief Electoral Officer J&K, Shaleen Kabra, an overwhelming 82.4 percent polling was witnessed in Jammu division and 32.3 percent in Kashmir division.

No untoward incident was reported during the voting that started at 8 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m.

In the Kashmir Valley, 62.4 percent polling reported in Baramulla district while Pulwama district recorded the lowest voter turnout of 0.6 percent.

Giving district-wise details, Kabra said that Kupwara witnessed 56.1 percent, Bandipora 24.4 percent, Baramulla 62.4 percent, Budgam 46.3 percent, Pulwama 0.6 percent, Kulgam 14.5 percent, Anantnag 6.2 percent, Kishtwar 82.3 percent, Doda 84.6 percent, Ramban 81.1 percent, Udhampur 78.9 percent, Kathua 80.7 percent, Jammu 85.2 percent, Rajouri 81.8 percent and Poonch 82.5 percent polling.

Kabra said in the Phase-I of Panchayat Polls held on 17 November 2018, 74.1 percent polling was recorded across J&K including 64.5 percent in Kashmir division and 79.4 percent in Jammu division. In the Phase-II of Panchayat Polls held on 20 November 2018, overall 71.1 percent polling was witnessed across the state with an overwhelming 80.4 percent polling in Jammu division and 52.2 percent in Kashmir division.

He said in Phase-III, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 percent which includes 55.7 percent in Kashmir division and 83.0 percent in Jammu division.

Voting for Phase-V of Panchayat Polls will take place on 29 November 2018.

Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam has conveyed compliments from Governor Satya Pal Malik to the civil and police administration for smooth, free and fair and peaceful conduct of Panchayat polls amid challenging situation, an official spokesperson said.

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