*Lok Sabha elections-2019: Rajouri witnesses 68.46 percent turnout* *District Magistrate and SSP visit several vulnerable polling stations during the day *

Ankit Kesar Rajouri, April,11: Polling for the Lok Sabha election-2019, 06- Jammu Poonch parliamentary constituency started on a peaceful note today morning in district Rajouri. Polling started at 7 a.m,after performing Mock polls at all the polling stations.

Elaborate security arrangements have been in place for the smooth conduct of Lok Sabha elections 2019. Beside security arrangements, zonal magistrate/officers and micro observers were also deployed by the district administration for the conduct of the smooth and fair election in the district.
Besides this web casting at some selected polling station was also done to maintain the transparency.

The Voter turnout of 68.46 percent was recorded till 6 pm today. The voter turnout till 9 am was 6.37 percent, which climbed to 24.96 percent by 11 am, the figure further rose to 44.75 percent at 1:00 pm again climbed to 58.3 percent, again raised to 67.73 percent at 5:00 pm and the polling ended with 69 percent turn out which is higher than the previous Lok sabha elections-2014 where the turn out was 64 percent..

It is pertinent to mention here that 614 polling stations were set up across 514 polling locations.

The highest voter turnout was recorded in Assembly constituency Nowshera which 75.34 percent voters exercised their right to franchise. Nowshera was followed by Rajouri (69.25 percent),Darhal (65.61)percent and kalakote (63.09 percent).

A total of 420718 eligible voters including 22113 males and 199601 females were supposed to poll in the district out of which only 288017 including 153459 males and 134558 females voted to elect their representatives.

During the day District Election Officer Rajouri Mohammad Aijaz Asad accompanied by SSP Rajouri Shri Yougal Manhas visited several hypersensitive and sensitive polling stations. Several concerns raised by contesting candidates were addressed on the spot. The elections were by and large peaceful, with no untoward incidents reported across the district. The response was better with longer queues seen outside polling booths, with people of different age groups.

At each polling station, special arrangements were put in place for PwD voters and the old age voters .

However at some polling stations, due to a technical glitch, EVMs/VVPATs stopped working which were timely replaced to ensure smooth and hassle-free polling.

Several Civil society groups and prominent citizens have appreciated district administration Rajouri for conduct of smooth elections with a healthy turn out.

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