J&K assembly polls: Voters defy militants, over 70% turnout recorded so far

Written by | November 25, 2014 | 0
JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Polling ended peacefully on Tuesday in 15 assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir that voted in the first phase of the five-phase assembly elections, officials said.
“No major incident of violence has been reported from anywhere,” a poll official said in Jammu.
Over 70 per cent turnout was recorded till 4pm, an Election Commission official said. Election commission officials, however, said the percentage was likely to change as the final figures were yet to be received.

Although polling ended at 4pm, voters who entered the polling station by that time are entitled to vote.

Enthusiastic voters queued up at most polling stations in the valley and the Jammu region. Even a separatist boycott call in the valley evoked no response as men and women came out in large numbers to vote.

Polling was low key initially because of the winter cold in the morning, especially in the Ladakh region where temperatures were much below the freezing point.

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