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J&K assembly elections: Record 70% polling in first phase

Record 70% voting was recorded in the first phase of Jammu & Kashmir assembly elections as voters lined up at polling stations on Tuesday, ignoring a boycott call by separatists. The polling percentage is likely to go up.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2014 21:20 IST
HT Correspondent
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Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections,Kashmir Valley,Bandipora

J&K polls: Record 70% polling in first phase, numbers likely to go up

Polling ends for 1st phase in J&K on a peaceful note

Despite boycott threat, Gurez records 66.50%, Sonawari 60.79%, Kangan 61.97 % polling till 2 pm

Kargil records lowest polling of 32.34 % till 2 pm

Gurez records highest polling of 66.50 % till 2 pm

Poll percentage upto: 2.00 pm

1. Gurez 66.50 %
2. Bandipora 49.84 %
3. Sonawari 60.79 %
4. Kangan 61.97 %
5. Ganderbal 44.80 %
6. Nobra 56.46 %
7. Leh 34.41 %
8. Kargil 32.34 %
9. Zanskar 38.15 %
10. Kishtwar 59.54 %
11. Inderwal 59.26 %
12. Doda 57.00 %
13.Bhaderwah 56.00 %
14. Ramban (SC) 53.77 %
15. Banihal 57.55 %

39 % voting recorded in Doda, 28% in Bhaderwah till 12 pm

36.57 % voting recorded in Kishtwar, 39.67% in Inderwal till 12 pm

34.5 % voting recorded in Gurez, 20.13 % in Bandipora and 25.1% votes polled in Sonawari till 12 pm

29.61 % voting recorded in Kangan, 24.53 % in Ganderbal and 13.23% voting in Nobra till 12pm

Leh records 6% voting, Zanskar 9.75 % and Kargil 4% till 11 am

24 % votes polled in Gurez, 16 % voting recorded in Sonawari, 15.54 % in Bandipora till 10 am

12 percent polling recorded till 10am

Poll percentage Upto: 10 a.m
S.No. Constituency %age
1. Gurez 24.00 %
2. Bandipora 15.44 %
3. Sonawari 16.70 %
4. Kangan 18.49 %
5. Ganderbal 13.69 %
6. Nobra 9.56 %
7. Leh 6.27 %
8. Kargil 4.00%
9. Zanskar 9.75 %
10. Kishtwar 15.56 %
11. Inderwal 16.84 %
12. Doda 14.00 %
13. Bhaderwah 14.00 %
14. Ramban (SC) 14.56 %
15. Banihal 14.82 %

Polling began on a very slow note across all 15 contituencies in J&K on Tuesday.

In Ramban constituency, at Dukson polling station, 20 votes were polled, whila at polling station-62, 32 votes were polled, at polling station 63, 45 votes were polled by 10 am. Similarly, at Rajgar-64, 30 votes were polled while as at polling station-31, 27 votes were polled.

Similarly, in Kangan constituency, 94 votes were polled at Vosun-A polling station, at Kangan-B, 163 votes were polled and at Vailoo-B, 67 votes were polled and at polling station 32-Margan, 144 votes were polled.

In Bandipora Constituency, at polling station-56, 142 votes were polled; at polling station-57, 99 votes were polled, at polling station-59, 115 votes were polled, at polling station-60, 132 votes were polled and at polling station-61, 123 votes were polled when the last reports came in.

At Kangan-B 374 votes were polled at Booth 39 while at Booth no. 40 of Kangan C, 326 votes have been polled.

Meawhile, in Wandhama area of Ganderbal 160 votes were polled till 10.20 am. at Boys senior secondary in Ganderbal only 128 votes were polled by 10 am while in Pandach out of 1132 only 132 votes were polled by 9am.

In Sonawari constituency in Kashmir Valley region, brisk polling was recorded. More than 20 percent polling recorded in four polling booths here.

People, especially in Kashmir have been braving the chill to come out and vote. Separatists boycott call had minimum impact as long queues were seen standing outside polling booths. First time voters enthusiastic too.

Minimum impact of Separatists call to boycott elections as long queues stand outside polling booths

Brisk voting recorded in Sonawari constituency. More than 20 percent polling recorded in four polling booths of this constituency.

Polling going on smoothly in all 15 constituencies. Till 8.30 am at Daderhama and Dhobipora polling stations in Ganderbal constituencies 51 and 86 votes were polled respectively.

Voting starts on a slow note because of foggy weather and freezing temperature in twin constituencies of Sonawari and Bandipora.

Several polling booths have yet to poll votes. The voting started at 8 am and will end by 4 pm.

Sitting MLAs Muhammad Akbar Lone and Nizam ud Din Bhat ' s fate hangs in balance.

Polling begins in 15 assembly constituencies in J&K

As over one million voters go to polls to decide the political fate of 123 candidates who are in the fray in the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, read this section for live updates of the elections.

A million voters will get to decide the political fate of 123 candidates who are in the fray in the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections to be held Tuesday.

Poll campaign for the first phase ended Sunday evening as thousands of security forces and hundreds of poll officials started reaching polling stations in seven districts of the state where voting would be held Tuesday.

Two districts in the Kashmir Valley, Bandipora and Ganderbal, two in the Ladakh region, Kargil and Leh, and three in the Jammu region, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar, will get to vote November 25 for 123 candidates of various parties and independents who are in the fray.

Seven ministers of the ruling Congress-NC coalition are seeking re-elections in this phase from Leh, Kangan, Sonawari, Gurez, Banihal, Kishtwar and Doda constituencies which they also represent as sitting legislators in the 87-member assembly.

Interestingly, there are just two female candidates in the race in this round.

As many as 1,050,250 electors, including 549,696 males, 500,539 females and 15 belonging to the third gender, would exercise their franchise at 1,787 polling stations in the 15 assembly constituencies Tuesday.

The highest number of voters, 104,354, are in Bhaderwah assembly constituency while the lowest, 13,054, are in Nubra constituency.

The highest number of candidates, 13 each, are trying their luck in Bhaderwah and Bandipora constituencies while there are just two candidates in the fray in the Leh constituency.

Polling starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Election Commission has arranged for videographing of many poll stations during the first phase.

As many as 275 companies of central paramilitary forces and the state police have been deployed in strength to secure polling stations across the state and provide security to voters in this first phase.

There are 27 polling stations in Zanskar and Gurez assembly constituencies, to where the poll staff and security forces would have to be airlifted if the weather conditions in these areas deteriorate, a senior poll official told IANS in Srinagar.

Two main regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir - the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - are locked in a do or die electoral battle while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress too are giving the pols their best shot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit the poll campaign in Kishtwar constituency Saturday where more than 30,000 people turned out to hear him.

Modi appealed people to end the over-50 years long dynastic rule in the state without directly naming the Congress and the NC that have been in power alternately or in alliance during the last half century.

Modi told voters to end the dynastic rule and vote for the BJP if they wanted to usher in an era of development and prosperity in Kashmir.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also addressed two election rallies in Ramban and Bandipora constituencies Friday to garner support for her party's candidates.

Campaigning by the NC and the PDP remained at high pitch in both the Jammu region and the Kashmir Valley where senior leaders of the two regional parties spoke of common man's problems, Article 370, corruption, preserving the eclectic culture of the state.

Poll campaign in Kashmir and the Jammu region witnessed a large participation by the supporters of various parties and their candidates as party flags, banners and buntings dotted the rural areas where the voters are expected to come out in large numbers to choose their representatives.

First Published: Nov 24, 2014 22:10 IST