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DDC Polls: Ballots triumph over bullets
Over 51.76 % voters exercise their franchise in first phase
11/28/2020 11:51:18 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Nov 28: With a hope that the local self-government would accelerate developmental activities in their respective areas, villagers turned out in large numbers to vote for the District Development Councils (DDCs) elections to empower grass root level democracy.
Although terrorists had asked the people to boycott these elections, over 51 percent of voters cast their votes and gave a befitting reply to such forces.
Enthusiasm of the people to participate in the constitution of their local self-government can be gauged from the fact that one the one hand large number of elderly people came out to cast her vote, all the young voters of this border hamlet exercised their right to franchise.
Twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri registered 68.69 and 70.52 percent polling respectively. In Kashmir Valley Budgam district registered highest number of 56.96 percent polling followed by Kupwara 50.74
As reported earlier polling for the first phase of the eight-phased DDCs elections were held on Saturday.
Out of total 280 constituencies across J&K, polling was held for 43 constituencies- 25 from Kashmir Valley, 18 from Jammu province today. 352 candidates were in fray for these 43 seats. 2644 polling booths have been set up for today’s polling.
Out of total 700844 voters, 362766-including 193375 males and 169391 females cast their votes for the first phase of elections. Interestingly in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, females out-numbered males in casting votes for the DDCs elections. Out of total 23790 voters who cast their votes, 11984 were the females and 11806 were males.
Even in South Kashmir, which is considered as hotbed of terrorism, polling was moderate. Except Pulwama where 6.70 percent voters cast their votes, polling was good.
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