Lok Sabha: 68pc polling in Jammu-Poonch constituency
Posted on Apr 10 2014 | IBNS
By Saleem Iqbal Qadri, Jammu, Apr 10 : Around 68 percent electorate cast their vote in the Lok Sabha election for Jammu-Poonch parliamentary constituency which concluded on Thursday evening.
This was 18.29 percent more than the polling percentage of last Parliamentary election.
Addressing a press conference here in Jammu on Thursday the Chief Electoral Officer, Umang Narula said 70 percent votes were cast in Jammu district, 75 percent in Samba district and figures of polling are being received from Rajouri and Poonch districts which would add up the final poll percentage tally subsequently.
He said the polling was held in a peaceful atmosphere and so far no untoward incident was reported from any part of the constituency.
The Chief Electoral Officer said 10, 000 personnel were detailed for election duty and 800 vehicles were used to ferry them and poll material. He said the Election Commission had deployed five Observers including three General Observers, one Expenditure Observer and one Police and Security Observer.
Besides, he said the Commission had deployed 201 Micro Observers and webcasting of 60 booths was also done.
Narula said the Commission had set up 2274 polling booths at 1582 locations out of which 68 were declared as critical. He said 2274 electronic machines were used for the purpose.
He said video recordings were also done to ensure free and fair polls.
The CEO said 19 candidates were in the fray for the constituency which comprised 1848553 number of electors including 871212 female and 977328 male voters.