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SRINAGAR: In Phase-I of panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir 74.1 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Saturday, officials said. Voting for the first phase of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir began at 8 am on Saturday amid high security in the wake of boycott call by joint resistance leadership. 427 candidates were in the fray for 536 Sarpanch Halqas and 5,951 candidates for 4,048 Panch wards for first phase of the Panchayat polls, said an official.

District wise percentage of polls are Kupwara-71.9%, Bandipora-55.7%, Baramulla-69.1%, Ganderbal-11.9%, Srinagar-21.8%, Budgam-30.1%, Kargil- 70.9%, Leh-59.7%, Kishtwar-74.1%, Doda-80.8%, Ramban-78.2%, Udhampur-83.6%, Kathua-80.0%, Rajouri-78.9% and Poonch-78.7%. The polling was held in six districts of the Kashmir Valley, two in Ladakh and seven districts in the Jammu region.