The polling for the first of the nine-phased panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded a large voters turnout. While Jammu recorded a polling percentage of 79.5 per cent, Kashmir valley`s voter turnout was 64.5 per cent. Polling started at 8 am on Saturday morning under tight security arrangements and ended at 2 pm. Heavy deployment of police and central paramilitary forces were made to ensure a peaceful polling process. Separatists had called for a protest shutdown on Saturday asking the people to stay away from these elections. The polling percentage in the first phase of Panchayat elections are 79.5% and 64.5% in Jammu and Kashmir, respectively. — ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2018 × This was the first of the nine-phased Panchayat polls, being held in the state after seven years. The last phase of voting will be held on December 11.