JK Panchayat polls: Turnout 70 per cent in 11th phase
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 23:54
Srinagar: Militancy-hit areas recorded a low turnout as an estimated 70 per cent voters on Wednesday exercised their franchise for Panchayat elections in 10 blocks of Jammu and Kashmir.

Militancy-affected Zainageer in Baramulla district recorded a low voter turnout of 28.8 per cent, an official spokesman said.

Pulwama, which is also grappling with the problem of militancy, registered 52 per cent voting, he said.

Militants have given a call for boycott of the Panchayat polls.

Elsewhere in the Valley, Qazigund in Anantnag district registered 82 per cent polling and Bandipora 71 per cent, the spokesman said.

In Jammu division, the voter turnout in all six blocks was very high with Bhalwal recording 86 per cent voting and Marmat 84.43 per cent.

Surankote witnessed 82 per cent polling, Bafliaz 81, Drabshalla 76 and Ramsoo 74.22 per cent, the spokesman said.

The exercise, which passed off peacefully, was held to elect 343 sarpanches and 2515 panches in 10 blocks of the state.

Panchayat elections are being held in Jammu and Kashmir after a gap of 10 years.

Last five phases of the Panchayat elections will be held on May 29, June 2, June 6, June 11 and June 16.

After a gap of ten years Panchayat elections are being held in the state.


First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 23:54

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