Jammu and Kashmir

Moderate to brisk voting was on Tuesday recorded in the first couple of hours in the nine seats in Jammu and as many in Kashmir Valley with boycott calls by separatists and militants and the cold weather failing to dampen the enthusiasm of voters who queued up in large

An impressive turn out of over 50 percent was recorded in 18 constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir till 2 pm in the second phase of Assembly elections with voters rebuffing separatists' boycott call.

Nearly 31.44 percent of the 15.35 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in the first five hours of polling while serpentine queues could be seen at many polling stations as voters waited for their turn braving cold weather.

A total of 15.35 lakh eligible voters would decide the fate of 175 candidates, including four sitting ministers of the coalition government.

As per the Election Department, 31.44 percent polling was recorded in the state till 12:00 pm on Tuesday.

Gool-Arnas Assembly segment has recorded the highest number of 44 per cent polling followed by Gulabgarh with 42.34 percent, Reasi with 42.08 percent, Udhampur with 41.80 percent and Ramnagar with 40.88 per cent, it said.

Similarly, Chenani with 37.08 percent, Lolab with 30.88 percent followed by Poonch Haveli with 30.43 percent, Handwara with 30.40 percent, Noorabad with 30.05, Devsar with 30 percent, Kupwara with 29.82, Kulgam with 28.14, Surankote with 28 percent, Mendhar with 24 percent, Karnah with 22.87 and Langate with 22.77 and Homshali Bugh with 11.39 percent.


Defying Maoists, nearly a third of voters cast their ballots on Tuesday morning in the second phase of the Jharkhand assembly election. Jharkhand witnessed 50 percent polling till 3 pm.

The highest polling was recorded in Chaibasa where the voter turnout was 45 percent and the lowest turnout with 20.15 percent was in Sisai. Polling for second phase of poll began at 7 a.m. in 20 constituencies amid tight security.

While voting will end at 3 pm in 18 constituencies, it will continue upto 5 pm  at Jamshedpur (West) and Jamshedpur (East) seats, the official said.
A total of 44,31,900 voters, including 21,72,982 women, are eligible to cast their franchise in 5,048 polling stations. 223 candidates, including 35 women, are in the fray.

The Election Commission has deployed 20 general observers, 10 expenditure observers, two police observers, two awareness observers and 512 micro observers for this phase of polling.

A total 349 polling stations have been selected for webcasting across the 20 constituencies.


Vote in large numbers: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday "strongly" urged the voters in Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir to vote in large numbers in the second of the five-phase elections.

"As the phase 2 of assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand commence, I strongly urge people voting in those areas to vote in large numbers," the prime minister said in a tweet.


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