Polling in the four assembly constituencies of Leh, Kargil, Nobra and Zanaskar in the region which recorded sub-zero temperatures, commenced in the morning along with 11 other constituencies spread over different districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Nobra was leading the four constituencies in the poll percentage with 56.46 per cent of 13,054 electorate exercising their right of franchise till noon, election officials said.

As many as 32.34 per cent of 59,440 voters cast their ballots in Kargil, which emerged as the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 9.2 degrees Celsius.

Zanaskar registered 38.15 per cent turnout till 2 PM while Leh, which recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7.6 degrees Celsius, witnessed a turn out of 34.14 percent.

Zanaskar has a total strength of 20,696 voters, while Leh constituency has the highest number of 67,736 electorate in the region.

Ladakh, which is the largest Lok Sabha constituency in the country in terms of area, usually witnesses high voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir.

In the last assembly polls, nearly 70 per cent of electorate had exercised their franchise in the region.

Owing to sub-zero temperature, though the voters took time to reach their concerned polling stations but as they progressed they were enthusiastically seen waiting in serpentine queues to cast their votes.

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