| Srinagar |
December 14, 2020 1:10:22 am
THE SIXTH phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections — for 14 seats in Kashmir and 17 in Jammu — recorded 51.5 per cent polling on Sunday. The voting pattern was almost the same as the previous five phases, with moderate turnout in other parts of Kashmir making up for low turnout in south Kashmir districts, and high turnout in Jammu division pushing up the overall polling percentage.
Despite a near total boycott in the south Kashmir districts of Shopian and Pulwama, moderate polling in other parts of the valley pushed up the voter turnout to 32.5 per cent in Kashmir. As voters turned out in large numbers in Jammu, 68.5 per cent polling was recording in the region, said the UT’s Election Commissioner K K Sharma. He said 76.7 per cent polling took place in Poonch district’s Balakote area, which saw intense mortar shelling by Pakistani troops Saturday night.
In Shopian district, where two seats went to polls, people stayed away from the polling booths again on Sunday. By the end of the day, 4.6 per cent voters exercised their right in the district. In the neighbouring Pulwama district, the turnout was slightly…