J&K records 71% polling in second phase, 65% turnout in Jharkhand

 Jammu and Kashmir recorded a voter turnout of 71 percent while Jharkhand recorded 65 percent in the second of the five-phase assembly elections held in the two states Tuesday.

IANS| Last Updated: Dec 02, 2014, 22:26 PM IST

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir recorded a voter turnout of 71 percent while Jharkhand recorded 65 percent in the second of the five-phase assembly elections held in the two states Tuesday.

In Jammu and Kashmir the polling percentage saw an increase from the 68.79 percent recorded in the 2008 assembly polls.

During the recent general elections, the state recorded 61.04 percent voting, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi told the media here.

Eighteen constituencies in five districts of Jammu and Kashmir went to the polls in the second phase Tuesday, of which Reasi and Udhampur districts recorded the maximum turnout of 80 percent and 76 percent, respectively, Zutshi said.

"Polling was peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere," he added.

In Jharkhand, the polling percentage of 64.99 percent was higher than the 58.26 percent recorded in the 2009 assembly elections.

During the Lok Sabha polls, the state recorded 63.82 percent turnout, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said.

Twenty Assembly constituencies in seven districts of Jharkhand went to the polls in the second phase.

Meanwhile, Election Commission officials said that in Jharkhand, Rs.1.1 crore in cash was seized during the polls while the amount seized was Rs.67 lakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sixteen cases of paid news were reported from Jharkhand, while the figure was five in Jammu and Kashmir.