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71% Turnout Recorded in Second Phase of Polls in J&K, 64.49% in Jharkhand

Srinagar, Ranchi, Dec O2: The second phase of polling for the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday ended with over 70% voters turnout. The voting had started on a slow note, however, it increased gradually.

The polling had crossed the halfway mark as of 2 pm, with 53.2 percent of the voters in the state participating in the democratic process.

Reasi in J-K recorded 80 per cent polling. Border areas of Poonch and Kupwara recorded 78 and 68 per cent respectively, said EC.

The second phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir equaled the spectacular turnout of the first phase, with a figure of 71%. The Election Commission expects it to go up. The first phase of the election, held on November 25, saw a record turnout of 71.28% - the highest in 25 years.

Similarly, Jharkhand recorded 64.49 per cent polling in the second phase.

The Polling began on Tuesday for 18 seats in Jammu and Kashmir and 20 Maoist-affected constituencies in Jharkhand amid tight security.

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