68.22 Per Cent Voting In 3rd Phase In J&K

4 December 2008
The Hindu

Srinagar: Election authorities on Thursday said that 68.22 per cent polling was recorded in third phase of election in five Assembly segment of Kupwara district after final compilation of the figures. “With reference to the presiding officers diaries of the five Assembly segment of Kupwara district, which went to polls on November 30 in third phase of elections in the State was recorded as 68.22 per cent,” an official statement said. Giving further details, it said that 80.41 per cent of votes were cast in Karnah segment followed by 75.47 per cent in Handwara, 68.46 per cent in Lolab, 62.60 per cent in Kupwara and 61.46 per cent in Langate segment. The poll percentage in the third phase has gone up by more than six per cent from 61.32 to 68.22 per cent, an official spokesman said . He said the final figures were compiled after all the presiding officers submitted their reports to the election authorities. Elaborate security arrangements are being made for the fourth phase of elections on December 7, with as many as 140 companies of Central forces being deployed in militancy-hit Udhampur and Reasi districts. “Security forces have launched a major sanitising exercise in hilly, remote and sensitive areas of Udhampur and Reasi districts to ensure peaceful polling,” defence sources said. Giving details of security arrangements, a police official said that 70 companies of Central forces each would be deployed in two districts. State DGP Kuldeep Khoda visited Reasi-Udhampur range and reviewed security arrangements with officers, he added. During the meeting the DGP underlined the need for close coordination between police and para-military forces for free and fair elections. While Reasi districts has three Assembly segments Reasi, Gulabgarh and Gool-Arnas, Udhampur incorporates Udhampur, Ramnagar and Chenani constituencies.