Srinagar: State Election Commissioner, K K Sharma, on Tuesday said that 49 per cent voting was recorded in phase-II of the District Development Councils (DDC) polls across Jammu and Kashmir.
The polling, which began from 7 AM ended peacefully at 2 PM, in the Union Territory, he added.
Addressing a press conference here, Sharma said that phase two elections for DDCs remained peaceful and the total voting percentage remained at 48.62 percent.
“In Jammu, 65.54 voting was recorded while Kashmir recorded 33.34 per cent voting,” the SEC said. In Kashmir region, Bandipora recorded highest number of voting percentage 69.66 percent. “Kupwara recorded 58.69 percent, Ganderbal 49.14 percent. Pulwama district showed a rise in voting percentage at 8.67 against 6 percent in the phase-1,” he said.
The SEC said that in Jammu, Poonch district recorded 75.07 percent voting. “In Kashmir 62117 females participated against 63863 male voters,” he said, and urged the voters to come out in large numbers to participate in the DDC Polls.
The SEC said that DDC is the new tier of governance. “Each district will have a separate DDC with chairman and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who will be either KAS or an IAS officer,” he said.
Sharma said that DDCs will have to deal with three F’s—Funds, Functions and Functionaries and decision making body will be the elected representatives only.