PULWAMA — In Achgoza block of Pulwama district in south Kashmir, one of the District Development Corporation (DDC) constituencies, nearly 6.70 percent turnout was recorded on Saturday, which is the lowest in first phase of DDC elections.

Achgoza has three independent candidates participating in the elections and the block witnessed 1,367 out of 20,400 votes. The district’s Drabgam recorded zero percentage voting, Kamrazipora 1%, Tujan 1%, Qasbeyar and Kandiaglar A 19%, Kandiaglar 11%.

Locals said that this was the first time that the area witnessed such low turnout, as the local Gujjar-Bakerwal are of the opinion that they will not vote for the government that “snatched their land”.

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“On one hand, they (government) seek votes from us and on the other, they snatch our basic rights by demolishing our houses,” said one of the local resident insisting that ‘voting this time is of no use’.

On Saturday, the first phase of DDC recorded voter percentage of 39.6976 % across different constituencies spread over all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir till 1:00 pm.

As per the figures given by the office of State Election Commissioner, K K Sharma, a large number of people participated in the first ever District Development Council (DDC) polls and 51.7 percent voting was recorded for the Phase 1 in J&K UT amid COVID-19 pandemic and bone chilling cold in Kashmir and some parts of Jammu.

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Sharma said that 43 DDC constituencies went to polls where seven lakh voters were registered. “Total percent of voting for J&K UT was 51.7. In Jammu, voting percent was 64.2 and in Kashmir, 40.65 percent voting was recorded,” he said.

In Jammu, highest percentage of voting was recording in Reasi 74.6 percent. 70.5 percent in Rajouri, 68.9 in Poonch and 68 percent in Samba. “In south Kashmir, highest voting was recorded in Shopian at 42.58 percent,” Sharma said.

Meanwhile, Internet services in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian were snapped in view of the DDC polls.

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