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DDC Elections: Over 57% voted in 7th phase

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Shopian records lowest with 6.55%; Poonch records highest with 80.12% polling

Jammu: The State Election Commissioner (SEC), K K Sharma on Wednesday informed that 57.22 percent voting was recorded in the seventh phase in the ongoing District Development Council (DDC) elections held across Jammu and Kashmir today.

Addressing a press conference here, the SEC said that polling was by and large peaceful in all the 31 constituencies which saw DDC polls today, including 13 in Kashmir division and 18 in Jammu division.

The SEC also informed that polling was held in 1852 polling stations including 1068 in Kashmir and 784 in Jammu division.

Sharma said that Jammu division recorded an average voter turnout of 71.93 percent with Poonch district recording the highest percentage of 80.12 percent followed by Reasi district with 76.75 percent and Udhampur district 75.63 percent.

The lowest turnout in Jammu division was in Doda district which recorded 58.82 percent turnout.

Kashmir division recorded a cumulative turnout of 39.52 percent with Bandipora district recording the highest polling at 70.47 percent followed by Baramulla with 59.53 percent and Kupwara district recorded 59.23 percent polling, he added.

Giving district-wise details, the SEC informed that in Kashmir division, the polling percentage recorded in Budgam was 45.11 percent, Ganderbal 53.69 percent, Anantnag 22.46 percent, Kulgam 17.98 percent, Pulwama 11.06 percent and 6.55 percent polling was registered in Shopian.

Similarly, in Jammu division, poll percentage of 74.38 percent was recorded in Samba, 72.85 percent in Kathua, 67.75 percent in Ramban, 73.10 percent in Rajouri, 69.89 percent in Kishtwar and 68.66 percent in Jammu district.

He further said that 393200 voters (210479 male and 182721 female) exercised their right to franchise in the seventh phase of DDC polls across the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory.

He also informed that the counting of votes for Sarpanch and Panch constituencies, which went to polls in the seventh phase, is being conducted.

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