Ranchi, Srinagar, Nov 25: The polling for first phase ended in the Maoists-hit districts of Jharkhand with average turnout. However, over 70% voters turnout was recorded till 5 PM in Jammu and Kashmir despite militant threats and it was likely to go up.
In Ganderbal 68%, Kishtwar 70%, Leh 57%, Kargil 59% and Doda 76% voting had been recorded till 5 pm. In Bandipore voter turnout had been recorded 70.3 %. During 2014 LS elections, only 35.24% turnout was recorded here.
J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah thanked voters for heavy turnout in first-phase polls
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has lauded the people of J&K and Jharkhand for turning out in large number of voting despite threats from terror outfits and Maoists.
Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure free and fair polls in the first phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, which began on Tuesday amid unprecedented security.
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