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Panch by-polls record 59.90 %, Sarpanch 52.43% voter turnout in 5th phase: SEC

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Jammu: State Election Commissioner K K Sharma Friday informed that 59.90 percent and 52.43 percent voter turnout was recorded respectively for the vacant Panch and Sarpanch constituencies during 5th phase of by-polls held yesterday.

Giving out the details, SEC informed that by-polls for Panch vacant seats were held in 229 constituencies in the 5th phase.

Out of a total of 42504 electors (including 22140 males and 20364 females), 25460 voted in the Panch by-elections.

SEC said that Jammu division recorded 77.52 percent and Kashmir division recorded 58.35 percent voter turnout during the 5th phase of Panch by-elections.

Similarly, 52.43 percent voting was registered on vacant Sarpanch constituencies during the 5th phase in 125 constituencies in which out of a total of 88078 electors (including 45766 males and 42312 females), 46179 voted to choose their representatives, he added.

He further said that 75.84 percent polling was registered in Jammu division whereas 42.85 percent polling was recorded in Kashmir division.

SEC said that in Jammu division, Doda district recorded the highest voter turnout of 90.83 percent for Panch by-elections followed by Reasi with 88.51 percent and Poonch with 84.09 percent.

Budgam district topped with 69 percent voter turnout in Kashmir division followed by Kupwara with 66.82 percent and Bandipora with 64.91 percent, SEC informed.

While giving information about the highest voter turnout in both the divisions, the SEC said that in Sarpanch bypolls, Kupwara recorded the highest voter turnout with 84.24 percent in Kashmir division followed by Bandipora with 71.60 percent and Budgam with 55.78 percent.

Jammu district topped the polling percentage with 81.13 percent in Jammu division followed by Poonch with 80.37 percent and Reasi with 79.78 percent, he informed.

SEC also informed that polling was held at 271 polling stations for Sarpanch bypolls and at 229 polling stations for Panch elections.

While giving an overview of the polling process, SEC said that the polling was peaceful and smooth across the region at all polling stations.

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