More Than 98 Per Cent Voter Turnout At Elections For Block Development Councils In Jammu And Kashmir 

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The erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on 24 October witnessed the first-ever electoral exercise being carried out since the abrogation of the contentious Article 370 and bifurcation of the former state into two separate Union Territories (UTs) on 5 August, reports Livemint.

The elections conducted for the Block Development Councils (BDCs) recorded an outstanding turnout, with Srinagar registering a record turnout of 100 per cent. The elections were peacefully conducted and no untoward development was reported.

Overall, the first-ever electoral exercise in J&K since 5 August registered a stellar voting percentage of 98.3 per cent, with Pulwama and Shopian registering the lowest turnout of 86 and 85 per cent respectively.

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It should be noted though that three major political parties, Sonia Gandhi-led Indian National Congress (INC), Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference (NC) and Mehbooba Mufti-led People's Democratic Party (PDP) had boycotted the polls.

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