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Voting ends in J&K with over 76% in Final Phase, Highest Turnout in 25 Yrs

Jammu, Dec 20: The voting ended in Jammu and Kashmir in the final phase today registering over 76% voter turnout, the highest in the last 25 years in the state.

The polling, which began at 8 am, began on a brisk note despite the severe cold. The turnout was biggest and historic. The Election Commission said that this was the highest turnout in last 25 years in the state, terming it as "historic" and "unprecedented".

At many places, people have already started forming queues before the polling began today. It was 30% voting till noon. However, it tremendously increased for 20 assembly constituencies spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts of 87-member assembly at the 2,366 polling stations.

Today the fate of 213 candidates including Sham Lal Sharma (Akhnoor), Raman Bhalla (Gandhinagar), Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand (Chhamb) and Manohar Lal Sharma (Billawar) in the final phase of the assembly polls was decided.

The constituencies that went to polls were Bani, Basohli, Billawar, Kathua and Hiranagar in Kathua district, Nagrota, Gandhinagar, Jammu East, Jammu West, Bishnah, R.S. Pura, Suchetgarh, Akhnoor, Chhamb, Marh and Raipur Domana in Jammu district, and Rajouri, Darhal, Kalakote and Nowshera in Rajouri district.

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