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At J&K Block Development Council polls, Srinagar records 100% turnout

A Kashmiri village council candidate Ghulam Hassan Rather shows the indelible ink mark on his finger after casting his vote, outside a polling station on the outskirts of Srinagar (Photo: AP)Premium
A Kashmiri village council candidate Ghulam Hassan Rather shows the indelible ink mark on his finger after casting his vote, outside a polling station on the outskirts of Srinagar (Photo: AP)

  • This was the first democratic exercise in Jammu and Kashmir after the scrapping of its special status in August
  • The lowest turnout was in Pulwama and Shopian at 86% and 85% respectively

New Delhi: Amid a tight security cover, Jammu and Kashmir conducted its first democratic process since a clampdown was imposed on 5 August.

On Thursday, J&K conducted elections for the Block Development Councils (BDC) with Srinagar registering a record turnout of 100%.

J&K Chief Electoral Officer, Shailendra Kumar said, "As per the report we received till 1 pm, total voting percentage was 98.3%. Highest voting was done in Srinagar dist - 100%, the lowest was in Pulwama & Shopian - 86% and 85% respectively."

Kumar also added that the security arrangements were identical to that followed during the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year.

Kumar added, "The party wise position looks like this - BJP 81, Indian National Congress 1, Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party 8, BSP 0, Independent 217 - total comes to 307."

This was the first democratic exercise in Jammu and Kashmir after the scrapping of its special status in August.

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