LAHDC Polls: Over 65 percent voting recorded

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LEH — Sixty five percent votes were polled on Thursday for the 6th general election of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) in Leh, officials said on Thursday.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Leh, Sonam Choskor said that 65 percent votes were polled throughout the day for LAHDC election.

He said that everything remained peaceful and everything went normal during the polling. “No untoward incident took place anywhere in Leh,” he said.

An official privy to the election procedure said that an electorate of 89,776 including 45,025 women were eligible to exercise their franchise.

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He said that a total number of 294 polling stations were spread over 26 constituencies across Leh district.

A total number or 94 candidates, including 26 each of the BJP and Congress, 19 from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and 23 independent candidates are in fray, he said.

The official also said that the counting of votes will take place on October 26 and the poll process is expected to be completed by October 30. “LAHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats and four councilors are nominated by the government,” he added.

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Pertinently two major regional political parties that include People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference chose to stay away from the election.

It may be recalled that the first phase of election was successfully conducted on 13th and 14th October through postal ballot services for which 2100 eligible voters had opted for including paramilitary forces, specially-abled and people over 65 years of age.

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