Over 43 per cent polling was recorded till 1 pm in the third phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, with Poonch district recording the highest voting percentage at 83.07 and Pulwama the lowest at 9.31, officials said.
In the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, Kulgam district registered 58.76 per cent polling, the highest for the region, as per figures released by the office of the Jammu and Kashmir Election Commissioner.
The commission said that till 1 pm, 43.03 per cent polling has been recorded in the DDC elections’ third phase.
The eight-phase DDC polls started on November 28 and is being held along with by-elections to panchayats.
In the Jammu division, Poonch recorded 83.07 per cent polling till 1 pm, Rajouri 64.48 per cent, Reasi 62.37 per cent, Samba 60.21 per cent, Ramban 58.10 per cent, Kishtwar 57.26 per cent, Jammu 57.96 per cent, Kathua 53.60 per cent and Doda 50.49 per cent.
Figures for the Kashmir division showed that Kulgam recorded 58.76 per cent polling, Bandipora 51.96 per cent, Budgam 45.25 per cent, Kupwara 29.87 per cent, Baramulla 28 per cent, Ganderbal 19.15 per cent, Shopian 18.15 per cent, Anantnag 13.11 per cent and Pulwama 9.31 per cent.
The Kashmir division recorded an overall polling percentage of 25 per cent while it was 60.52 per cent for the Jammu division till 1 pm.
In the third phase of the DDC polls, voting is being conducted in 33 constituencies — 16 in the Kashmir division and 17 in the Jammu division. There are a total of 2,046 polling stations, including 792 in the Jammu division and 1,254 in the Kashmir division.
For this phase, as many as 7,37,648 electors are eligible to cast their votes and this includes 3,85,675 men and 3,51,973 women.
Polling is also being held for vacant panch and sarpanch constituencies as well. Out of the 126 constituencies, polling will take place in 66 constituencies and a total of 184 candidates are in the fray, officials said.
Forty sarpanch constituencies have been filled unopposed, they said.
Similarly, in panch by-elections, there are 1,738 constituencies, and out of them 798 have been elected unopposed.
Polling will take place in 327 constituencies and there are 749 candidates are in the fray.
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