JAMMU: Around 70% electorate cast their vote in today’s polling for the 1st phase of the Assembly Elections across 15 constituencies spread in 7 districts of the State.
Disclosing this at a press conference here today the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Umang Narula said 77% votes were cast in 9-Gurez, 70% in 10-Bandipora, 80% in 11-Sonawari, 76% in 16-Kangan, 53 % in 17-Ganderbal, 75.6% in 47-Nobra, 66% in 48-Leh, 60% in 49-Kargil, 71% in 50-Zanskar, 68.83% in 51-Kishtwar, 72.54% in 52-Inderwal, 79% in 53-Doda, 70% in 54-Bhaderwah, 68% in 55-Ramban (SC) and 70% in 56-Banihal. He said the polling percentage may increase as details are awaited from some remote areas.
Mr. Narula maintained that the polling was held in a peaceful atmosphere and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the constituency and in order to ensure that the polling is done in various inaccessible areas of the hilly districts 43 air sorties were done.
The Chief Electoral Officer said that the constituencies that went to the polls today were spread over seven districts for which as many as 1787 polling station at 1606 locations were set up, which included 85 critical and 558 hypersensitive ones.
In order to improve the voting experience of the voters 92 model polling stations were established with innovative facilities, Mr. Narula said and added that web casting was done on 159 Polling Stations and 148 digital and 118 video cameras were deployed.
Mr. Narula said that 255 micro observers were also deployed during today’s polling. The CEO said 123 candidates were in the fray for these 15 constituencies which comprised 1061275 numbers of electors including 558178 male, 503086 female and 11 third gender voters.