Srinagar, Oct 24 : The first ever elections to the Block Development Councils in the State were held peacefully on Thursday, recording an overall turnout of 98.3 per cent.
Individuals bagged the chairmanship of majority of Block Councils, followed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), JKNPP and Congress, said Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shailendra Kumar, who is also Election Authority under J&K Panchayat Raj Act 1989.
He said that Srinagar district witnessed the highest poll percentage of 100 percent while southern districts of Shopian and Pulwama recorded the lowest percentage of 85.3 and 86.2 percent respectively in Kashmir Division.
He further said that Independent candidates bagged a maximum number of blocks with 217 followed by BJP with 81 blocks, JKNPP 08 and Indian National Congress (INC) 1.
In Kashmir Division, he said, out of 128 blocks, independents got 109 blocks while the BJP bagged 18 and INC 1.
Similarly, in Jammu Division, independents bagged 88 blocks followed by the BJP with 52 and JKNPP 08. In Ladakh Division, independent candidates got 20 while BJP bagged 11 blocks in the elections.
Out of 316 blocks, the elections for chairmanship of BDCs were conducted on 280 blocks while 27 block councils were elected unopposed, he told the press conference.
The CEO said polling started at 9 and ended at 1 pm while the counting of the votes was done from 3pm onwards.
He appreciated all divisional and district administrations, besides security officials and other concerned for the conduct of successful and peaceful polls in J&K. He added that the Returning Officers will issue a certification of the results on October 25, 2019 (Friday) and the result notification would be uploaded on Chief Electoral Officer's website.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Sharma other concerned officials and media persons attended the press conference via video link.(UNI)