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J&K bats for democracy: 71% turnout in phase II

In the second phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir 71 per cent voting was recorded while it was 65 per cent in the 20 Maoist-affected constituencies in Jharkhand. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, deputy election commissioner Vinod Zutshi said that the final figures are likely to go up. Polling in both the states was by and large peaceful.

Karnah recorded 75 percent, Kupwara 62, Lolab 55, Handwara 71, Langate 71, Noorabad 77.6, Kukgam 55.44, Devsar 60.3, Gool Arnas 80.25, Reasi 80, Udhampur 79.74, Chenani 75.48, Ramnagar 75.19, Surankote 65, Mendhar 72 and Poonch Haveli 73.39 voter turnout. The Election Commission had done webcasting in 178 polling stations, while 61 flying squads, 53 static observers and two excise teams were also deployed to ensure free and fair polls. Over 1.5 million voters were eligible to decide the political fate of 175 candidates. Polling started at 8 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m.

Reasi and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir saw heavy polling. Voter turnout in Reasi district was 71 per cent and in Udhampur, the poll percentage stood at 76 percent. “There has not been any incident which could have vitiated the poll process as far as the information we have received till now,” said Zutshi.

Zutshi also said that there was no usage of the helicopter service in the second phase polling in the state. “Today unlike phase I, we did not have to use the helicopter services for heavy lifting of poll personnel or anyone else because the weather was very supportive and the roads leading to the polling stations were absolutely clear of snowfall,” he said. In Jharkhand, Ranchi saw a voter turn out of 65 percent and East Singhbhum, 63.19 per cent. In West Singhbhoom, 69.89 percent voter turnout was recorded. A total of 65.46 per cent votes were cast in 20 of the 81 Assembly seats in second phase of the five-phase State elections on Tuesday.

The polling concluded peacefully in all the constituencies said chief electoral officer PK Jajoria. Re-polling was also held peacefully at one booth in Garhwa seat and two in Chattarpur constituency.
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