J&K Witnesses 10 Pc Jump In Fourth Round Of Polling

7 December 2008
The Hindu

Srinagar: More than 58.67 per cent voters, an increase of about 10 per cent from 2002 Assembly polls, cast their votes in the fourth round of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls held on Sunday, an official spokesman said in Srinagar on Monday. It was a jump of more than 10 per cent in the 18 Assembly constituencies of the State which went to polls on Sunday over the poll percentage recorded in 2002 Assembly elections, he said. Nearly 8.21 lakh voters, comprising 58.67 per cent of the eligible electorate, cast their votes in the fourth phase of Assembly elections, the spokesman said. In 2002, the poll percentage was 48.34 per cent. Almost all the constituencies witnessed an increase in turnout figures ranging between five to 25 per cent. Khansahib, which had recorded 49 per cent turn out in 2002 polls, witnessed 74.80 per cent this year. Chennani in Udhampur district and Rafiabad in Baramulla district were the only two constituencies which saw the dip in poll percentage this year compared to previous elections but it was just marginal. Chennani took a dip of three per cent while Rafiabad saw a decrease of 0.91 per cent. Chief Electoral Officer of the State B R Sharma, while briefing media persons last evening, said 55 per cent voter turn out was registered in the fourth phase of elections. He, however, added that the percentage was likely to go up as the figures were tentative. Uri in Baramulla district recorded the highest turnout of 82 per cent among the 12 constituencies of the Kashmir valley. Khansahib and Chrar-e-Sharief constituencies of Budgam district both recorded turnout of more than 74 per cent each.