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LAHDC Polls: 65 per cent voting recorded

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Leh: Sixty five percent votes were polled on Thursday for the 6th general election of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) in Leh, officials said Thursday.

Officials said that the polling concluded peacefully.

An electorate of 89,776, including 45,025 women were eligible to exercise their franchise and a total number of 294 polling stations were spread over 26 constituencies across Leh district.

A total number or 94 candidates, including 26 each of the BJP and Congress, 19 from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and 23 independent candidates are in fray, officials said.

The official also said that the counting of votes will take place on October 26 and the poll process is expected to be completed by October 30.

“LAHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats and four councilors are nominated by the government,” said the officials.

Deputy Commissioner Leh Sachin Kumar Vaishya, who is election officer for LAHDC election giving the details during a press briefing said: “It is for the first time electronic voting machines (EVMs) were used for LAHDC, Leh election.”

Pertinently, two major regional political parties that include, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference chose to stay away from the elections.

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