J&K Election: Nearly 67 Per Cent Turnout In Round Two

24 November 2008
The Hindu


Jammu: Final compilation of figures put the voter turnout in six constituencies in the second phase of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly poll at 66.90 per cent, an official spokesman said here on Monday. Kangan and Ganderbal in Kashmir and Nowshera, Darhal, Rajouri and Kalakote in Jammu region went to polls yesterday which saw voters queuing up in large numbers outside polling booths. Final figures showed 59.35 per cent votes were cast in Kangan, 51.97 in Ganderbal, 73.69 in Nowshera,76.74 in Darhal, 70.16 in Rajouri and 69.53 in Kalakote, the spokesman said. In sharp contrast, only 44.56 per cent voters exercised their franchise in these six constituencies in 2002 assembly election. Defying separatists' boycott call and braving the winter chill, voters did an encore in the second round keeping up enthusiasm of the first phase. An estimated 69 per cent votes were cast in the first phase involving 10 constituencies on November 17. The third leg of the seven-phased election will be held on November 30.