According to official figures, Doda Assembly segment has recorded the highest turnout of 41 percent, followed by Inderwal with 39.67 percent, Kangan with 39.50 percent, Sonawari with 38.99 percent.

Similarly, Bandipora Assembly segment recorded 32.72 percent polling, 36.89 percent in Banihal, 36.20 percent in Ramban, 37.20 per cent in Bhaderwah, 31.17 percent in Ganderbal, 37.54 percent in Gurez, 36.57 percent in Kisthwar.

Ladakh region, where the minimum temperature is eight degrees below freezing point, recorded slow polling in the morning hours.

Kargil Assembly segment recorded 24 percent polling, followed by Leh with 10.47 percent, Nobra with 27.52 percent and Zanskar with 22.80 percent polling.

While nearly 33 percent of the 10.52 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till 12 PM, serpentine queues could be seen at many polling stations as voters waited for their turn.

In the 2008 Assembly elections, an average of over 60 per cent polling was witnessed.

The situation across the state has been by and large peaceful so far, barring couple of stray incidents of violence in Ganderbal and Bandipora districts.

Suspected militants hurled grenades at two polling stations in Nowpora area of Bandipora and Naidkhai area of Sonawari but there was no damage done in the explosions.

The polling went on peacefully even after the explosions as the grenades landed some distance away from the booths. In Barsoo area of Ganderbal, PDP supporters clashed with National Conference supporters, resulting in minor injuries to one person.

Army Chief on visit to Jammu & Kashmir

Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag is undertaking a visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday to review the security situation there as the first phase of polling goes underway.

Suhag will begin his tour of the state from Srinagar. He is expected to be back in the national capital later in the evening.

Ensuring a violence-free election in Jammu and Kashmir is a major task for the Army at the moment and the force has been put on high alert.

Some militant groups have given a poll boycott call in the state.

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