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Phase 6 Panchayat polls: 17% turnout in Kashmir areas

Srinagar, Dec 1: In the Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls held on Saturday, parts of Kashmir that went to polls witnessed a low poll percentage of mere 17 percent.

According to the Chief Electoral Officer J&K, Shaleen Kabra, a massive 84.6% polling was witnessed in Jammu division while as only 17.3% turnout was witnessed in Kashmir division. The overall poll percentage across the state was 76.9%.

Giving district-wise details, Kabra said that Bandipora witnessed 35.3% polling on Saturday, Baramulla 12.1%, Ganderbal 41.5%, Srinagar 12.5%, Budgam 9%, Kulgam 4.6%, Anantnag 7.3%, Doda 80.4%, Ramban 81.5%, Udhampur 88.5%, Reasi 85.6%, Kathua 84%, Samba 84.7%, Jammu 87.1%, Rajouri 83.6% and Poonch 81.8%.

Kabra said in the Phase-I of Panchayat Polls held on 17 November 2018, 74.1% polling was recorded across J&K including 64.5% in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division.

In the Phase-II of Panchayat Polls held on 20 November 2018, overall 71.1% polling was witnessed across the State with an overwhelming 80.4% polling in Jammu division and 52.2% in Kashmir division.

He said in Phase-III, the State witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2% which includes 55.7% in Kashmir division and 83.0% in Jammu division.

In Phase-IV, he said, JK witnessed 71.3% voting in Phase-IV with 82.4% electors exercising their franchise in Jammu division and 32.3% in Kashmir division.

In the Phase-V of Panchayat Polls overall poll percentage of 71.1% was witnessed across the State with 85.2% polling in Jammu division and 33.7% in Kashmir division.

Meanwhile, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam was camping in Srinagar to himself monitor the election process in the Valley. He has, on behalf of Governor Stay Pal Malik, complimented the civil and police administration for ensuring another phase of free, fair and peaceful polls to strengthen the democracy at the grassroots level.