Braving the freezing cold and defying a call by separatist groups to boycott assembly polls, 58 percent of voters in Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday turned up to cast their ballot in the third round of the staggered elections while Jharkhand recorded an estimated 60.89 per cent polling in 17 assembly constituencies.
Out of 8,441 Kashmiri Pandit voters, 55 percent exercised their franchise, J&K Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula said at a media conference.
The highest turnout of 82.74 percent was recorded in Chrar-i-Sharief, while the lowest of 30 percent was seen in Sopore.
Uri recorded 79 percent, Rafiabad 53, Sangrama 56.15, Baramulla 45, Gulmarg 72, Pattan 60, Chadoora 65, Badgam 70, Beerwah 74, Khansahib 73, Tral 37.68, Pampore 46.48, Pulwama 38.31, and Rajpora 47.07.
Balloting took place after a string of terror attacks Dec 5 left 21 people, including eight soldiers, dead in Kashmir.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Chowdhary Taj Mohiuddin, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Abdul Rahim Rather and Javaid Ahmad Dar were among the prominent candidates.
Undeterred by separatist threats and boycott calls, people stood in long queues in Badgam constituency.
Moderate to brisk voting was seen in Uri, Pattan, Sangrama and Gulmarg, while Sopore witnessed a low turnout.
In Beerwah, from where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is contesting, voters stood in long queues at booths.
In Jharkhand on the other hand, Official sources said polling was by and large incident-free amidst elaborate security arrangements. While Silli assembly constituency recorded the highest 74.77 per cent of polling, Ranchi registered the lowest at 44.44 per cent.
EC sources said Koderma assembly segment recorded 64.80 per cent followed by Barkatha 65.10 per cent, Barhi 65.27 per cent, Barkagaon 60.25 per cent, Mandu 60.07 per cent, Hazaribagh 58.50 per cent, Simaria 60.79 per cent, Dhanwar 63.51 per cent, Gomia 66.12 per cent, Bermo 60.23 per cent, Ichagarh 71 per cent, Ramgarh 63 per cent.
Ranchi, Hatia and Kanke, where polling ended at 5.00 PM, recorded 55.45 per cent and 56.27 per cent voting respectivelly.
Earlier, polling for 33 of the 81 seats had been concluded on November 25 and December 2 with 61.92 per cent and 64.68 per cent voter turnout.
Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed and Chief Minister Hemant Soren cast their votes for Ranchi and Hatia Assembly segments.
Eight MLAs are seeking re-election in the third phase. Polling for 33 of the 81 seats was held on November 25 and December 2, which registered 61.92 per cent and 64.68 per cent turnout respectively.
With PTI, IANS inputs