Srinagar, Nov 20 (UNI) Around 71 per cent votes were polled in the second of the nine phase panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir amid unprecedented security arrangements following a general strike called by separatists and apprehension of militant attempt to disrupt the process.
The highest voter turnout of 69.7 per cent was recorded in Kupwara, while the lowest 1 per cent votes were polled in Anantnag in the valley.
According to the Chief Electoral Officer J&K, Shaleen Kabra, an overwhelming 80.4 per cent polling was witnessed in Jammu division while 52.2 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Kashmir division.
Giving district-wise details, Mr Kabra said that Kupwara recorded 69.7 per cent voter turnout while 66.3 per cent votes were polled in Bandipora.
He said 11.2 per cent polling was recorded in Baramulla, 27.4 per cent in Ganderbal and 1 per cent in Anantnag.
“Kargil recorded a voter turnout of 66.5 per cent while Leh witnessed 66.3 per cent polling,” he said.
“77.8 per cent votes were polled in Kishtwar, 81.7 per cent in Doda, 72.3 per cent Ramban, 83.9 per cent in Udhampur, 78.7 per cent in Kathua, 83.5 per cent in Rajouri and 81.7 per cent in Poonch,” he added.
He said in the Phase-I of Panchayat Polls held on November 17, 74.1 per cent polling was recorded across the State with 64.5 per cent in Kashmir division and 79.5 per cent in Jammu division.
For Phase-III of Panchayat Polls, voting will take place on November 24, 2018.
Thousands of security forces and state police personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and headgear, were deployed to provide safe and secure environment to voters to cast their votes.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for a general strike on Tuesday only in places were second phase of panchayat poll were held.
“As many as 90 sarpanchs and 1,069 Panchs have already been elected unopposed in Phase-II,” Mr Kabra said.
He said 601 polling stations were categorised as hypersensitive, including 490 in Kashmir division and 111 in Jammu Division.
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