Elections to 28 constituencies in the last phase of eight-phased district development council (DDC) polls, which saw 50.98% voting, concluded without any major incident on Saturday, officials said.
State Election Commissioner (SEC) KK Sharma said that Jammu recorded 72.71% and Kashmir registered 29.91% voting in the final phase. In all, 50.98 % polling used to be recorded in the state in the last phase, he added. The results for the entire 280 seats will be out on December 22.
Sharma said that last polling percentage for the entire eight phases in J&K used to be now recorded as 51.76%. “The highest 74.62 % ballot percentage used to be recorded in Reasi district of Jammu and Pulwama district in Kashmir division recorded the lowest at 6.70%.”
Sharma who briefed the media approximately the ballot percentage said that Srinagar district recorded 33.76% voting.
The polling process used to be in large part peaceable barring a few grenade attacks on the security forces and an attack on the Apni party candidate in South Kashmir. A personal security officer (PSO) of a former PDP leader used to be also killed in Srinagar throughout the long-drawn electoral process.
Even on the final day of the polling state election commissioner, KK Sharma visited Wavora in Kupwara district.
The results will be a litmus test for the PAGD, the BJP and the newly launched Apni party. With the end of polling on Saturday, the focal point will shift to counting of votes and the political parties in the fray will await the result of the first electoral test of strength on the ground after the scrapping of Article 370, which removed Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and turned it into a Union territory.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ran a high octane crusade for the DDC polls while the Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration or the PAGD– an amalgam of six political parties, chiefly regional– left the campaigning duties to their grassroots workers.