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.
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.