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57.31% votes polled in first phase: CEO

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‘Jammu records 72.16%, Baramulla 34.61% turnout’

Jammu, Apr 11: In the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday, Jammu and Baramulla parliamentary constituencies recorded 57.31 percent turnout, with Jammu recording 72.16 percent and Baramulla 34.61 percent polling.

The two constituencies house over 33 lakh electorate- 17.16 lakh male,16.80 lakh female.

Addressing media persons here, Shailendra Kumar, J&K’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said that Jammu parliamentary constituency, spread over four districts of Jammu, Samba, Rajouri and Poonch, with 20 Assembly segments, recorded a huge overall voter turnout of 72.16 percent.

The voter turnout was highest in Samba district at 75.07 percent followed by 74.50 percent in Jammu district, while twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri recorded 70.40 percent and 65.70 percent, respectively, the CEO informed.

Baramulla parliamentary constituency comprising three districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipore, having 15 Assembly segments, recorded 34.61 percent polling- with highest turnout of 51.7 percent in Kupwara district.

He said that there are 33 candidates in fray for twin constituencies, including 24 for Jammu and nine for Baramulla parliamentary constituency.

He informed the polling was held under the supervision of 12 general observers, eight expenditure observers and seven police observers, besides 462 micro-observers, while 7692 staff was deployed across 4489 polling stations in the two constituencies.

The CEO complimented the voters, political parties, contesting candidates, polling staff and security forces for smooth and peaceful conduct of polling in the state.

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