Lok Sabha elections: 68.27 percent voting recorded in JK's Udhampur amid rain

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Udhampur constituency recorded 68.27 percent voting after the first phase of Lok Sabha elections concluded on Friday.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Pandurang K Pol thanked voters for voting despite the challenges of weather and praised the polling staff for performing their duty in inclement weather.

“It is specifically highlighted that due to weather, latest updated reports are awaited from some polling stations, especially those located in remote hilly areas of Kishtwar, Gandoh, Ramban, Dudu-Basantgarh etc., the polling percentage There is a possibility of a slight increase.” Read the press release.

2,637 polling stations were set up for 16.23 lakh voters in five districts of Jammu and Kashmir. More than 11,000 polling staff performed election duty.

In Udhampur, the BJP fielded Union Minister Jitendra Singh from Udhampur, who has been representing the constituency since 2014. Singh had defeated former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad from Udhampur in 2014. Congress had fielded Chaudhary Lal Singh from Udhampur.

The election body further said that control rooms at around 1440 polling stations had CCTVs for live webcasting. “To ensure inclusive voting, 19 polling stations were manned by women (also known as pink polling stations), 14 polling stations were manned by persons with special disabilities, and 17 polling stations were manned by Was done by the youth. Additionally, to spread the message about environmental concerns, there were also 20 green polling stations.

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Election Commission of India, the Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir and the concerned DEOs encouraged all eligible voters to come forward and cast their vote responsibly.

CEO J&K said, “Your vote is your voice, and it plays a vital role in determining the direction of governance and development in the region.”

This is the first Lok Sabha election in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of Article 370. Elections will be held in five phases on five seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

While Udhampur went to polls on Friday, Jammu will go to polls on April 26, Anantnag-Rajouri on May 7, Srinagar on May 13 and Baramulla on May 20.

In the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, voting was held on 19 April on 102 seats in 21 states and union territories.

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