Samba records 81.4% polling

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - Ravi Kr­ish­nan Kha­juria

JAMMU: Con­tin­u­ing the healthy trend wit­nessed in nine dis­tricts of Jammu re­gion in first and sec­ond phase, Samba dis­trict recorded an im­pres­sive 81.4% voter turnout in third phase of lo­cal body election on Satur­day.

As many as 365 can­di­dates in 300 polling sta­tions are in fray. hief elec­toral of­fi­cer of J&K Shaleen Kabra said, “Samba dis­trict recorded 81.4% turnout in third phase of vot­ing.”

Samba deputy com­mis­sioner (DC) Sushma Chauhan said, “There was an over­all turnout of 81.4% in the en­tire dis­trict. There was no un­to­ward in­ci­dent and the vot­ing was con­ducted peace­fully at all polling sta­tions.”

Even bor­der ar­eas like Ram­garh wit­nessed 82.77% voter turnout, am­ply in­di­cat­ing peo­ple’s faith in demo­cratic process, Chauhan said, adding that only one EVM, which devel­oped a tech­ni­cal snag, had to be re­placed. She in­formed that a to­tal of 25,953 votes were polled out of around 31,000 vot­ers.

The four mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tees of the dis­trict recorded a healthy voter turnout. Bar­ibrahmna with 5,408 votes recorded 85.73% turnout, Ram­garh with 3,547 votes recorded 82.77%, Samba with 12,395 votes recorded 78.77% and Vi­jay­pur with 4,603 votes recorded 85.39% turnout.

From cen­tu­ri­ons to bride­groom, polling sta­tions in Samba dis­trict wit­nessed brisk polling.

Af­ter cast­ing his vote, 101-year old Ru­mal Singh at ward num­ber 16 in Sang­wali Mandi said, “Every­one should cast his or her vote and it should not be wasted. I strongly be­lieve in democ­racy. I hope that whoso­ever is elected lives up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of peo­ple and works hon­estly.”

An­other voter, 102-year-old Satya Devi in ward num­ber 15 at Mandi Thalora in Samba, said that peo­ple should not waste their vote by stay­ing away from elec­toral process.

The DC ex­pressed hap­pi­ness over old men and women turn­ing out to cast their votes. “It was heart­en­ing to see cen­tu­ri­ons ex­er­cise their right to vote and be part of the demo­cratic process,” she said.

Arun Jamwal,a groom, came in his wed­ding out­fit to cast vote at ward num­ber 6 in Vi­jay­pur and said, “Vot­ing is my right and I didn’t want it to go waste.”

The four phase elec­tions will end on Oc­to­ber 16.

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