J&K DDC Elections: 26.02 percent votes polled till 11 am throughout

Jammu: Over 26 per cent turnout was recorded till 11 am in the fourth stage of District Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, authorities stated. According to the figures provided by the office of the State Election Commissioner, in Kashmir division, Kupwara taped 14.80 per cent ballot, Bandipora 27.49 per cent, Baramulla 21.12 percent, Ganderbal 25.15 percent, Budgam 21.14 per cent, Pulwama 3.79 per cent, Shopian 1.24 percent, Kulgam 3.58 per cent and Anantnag 16.28 per cent voting.In Jammu department, Kishtwar recorded 36.49 per cent ballot, Doda 43.52 per cent, Udhampur 28.65 per cent Ramban 36.39 percent, Reasi 26.61 percent, Kathua 35.37 percent, Samba 38.58 per cent Jammu 42.93 percent, Rajouri 42.35 percent and Poonch 37.09 per cent, the officials said.While Kashmir department tape-recorded an overall ballot percentage of 14.87 percent, Jammu department tape-recorded 37.88 percent voting till 11 am, they said.The polling for 34 DDC seats– 17 each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions– began at 7 am however the turnout was less at voting stations in the valley due to biting cold, they said.While 138 candidates, including 48 females, are in the fray in the Kashmir division, 111 prospects, including 34 females, are objecting to in Jammu division in the 4th of the eight-phase DDC polls which started on November 28. Bypolls to uninhabited panch and sarpanch seats in the Union Territory are also being held in addition to the DDC surveys. There were 123 sarpanch jobs informed in the fourth phase, and out of these, 45 were filled unopposed. Ballot is being performed in 50 constituencies and 137 candidates, including 47 ladies, remain in the fray, the officials said.Out of a total of 1,207 panch vacancies alerted in this phase, 416 were filled unopposed. Voting is taking place in 216 constituencies and there are 478 prospects, consisting of 129 women, in the fray, they said.In the fourth phase, 7,17,322 individuals– 3,76,797 males and 3,40,525 ladies– are eligible to vote. Of the total, 3,50,149 electors are from the Jammu department and 3,67,173 are from the Kashmir department, the officials said.For this stage, 1,910 polling stations have actually been established across the Union Territory, out of which 781 are in the Jammu department and 1,129 remain in the Kashmir division.Out of the overall ballot stations, 212 have been set aside for bye-elections to vacant sarpanch seats and 219 for panch seats.The authorities said that 1,152 polling station have been categorised as hypersensitive and 349 as sensitive.

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