The second phase of maiden District Development Council (DDC) elections that began on Tuesday morning recorded a voter percentage of 23.67% across different constituencies spread over all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir till 11:00 AM.
According to the figures accessed by Kashmir Bylines from the office of State Election Commissioner, in Kashmir Division, up to 11:00 AM, Kupwara has recorded a voting percentage of 16.00%, Bandipora 39.89%, Baramulla 14.45%, Ganderbal 15.67%, Srinagar 18.26%, Budgam 25.29%, Pulwama 3.59%, Shopian 5.67%, Kulgam 14.37% and Anantnag 15.56%.
In Jammu division, Kishtwar has recorded a voting percentage of 28.47%, Doda 35.86%, Ramban 24.75%, Reasi 32.27%, Udhampur 26.39%, Kathua 29.75%, Samba 38.34%, Jammu 39.65%, Rajouri 32.09% and Poonch 38.42% during the first four hours up to 11:00 AM.
Kashmir division recorded a polling percentage of 15.64% and Jammu division has 32.54% voter turnout. Overall, 23.67% of voters have cast their votes up to 11:00 AM.
As many as 321 candidates are in the fray in the second phase of the DDC polls and voting is taking place at 2,142 polling booths. As many as 7.90 lakh voters are eligible to vote in this phase of elections.
Out of the 280 constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir (14 in each of the 20 districts), 43 are going to polls in the union territory in the second phase – 25 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu division.
Elections are also being held in 83 sarpanch constituencies for which a total of 223 candidates are contesting in phase two.
Also, by-polls are being held in 331 panch constituencies. Over 700 candidates are in the fray for these seats.
Authorities have declared all 1,300 polling stations in the valley as sensitive.