J&K records large voter turnout in first phase of panchayat elections

Visuals from a polling station in Rajouri's district's Manjakote. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 17, 2018, 08.42 PM (IST)

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.
 

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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.