Voting for the primary phase of panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir finished with 79.5 per cent of voter turnout in Jammu division and 64.5 per cent in Kashmir Valley. Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) of Jammu and Kashmir Shaleen Kabra, while sharing voting points of interest of the main phase of the panchayat polls, stated, “This is an unbelievable performance in Jammu and Kashmir. Polling has been unbelievably brisk and high today. It sets the tempo for the next eight phases of the election in the state.”As much as 21.8 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Srinagar, 30.14 per cent in Budgam, 70 per cent in Kupwara, 69.1 per cent in Baramulla, 56.2 in Bandipora, 51.5 per cent in Leh and 77.7 per cent in Kargil. While, 74.1 per cent turnout was recorded in Kishtwar, 78.9 per cent in Rajouri, 78.7 per cent in Poonch, 83.6 per cent in Udhampur, 80.8 per cent in Doda, 80 per cent in Kathua and 78.2 per cent in Ramban. Polling was held in 29 squares of seven districts in Jammu Division and in the Kashmir area polling was held in 16 squares spread more than six districts. In Leh district of Ladakh area, polling was held in all the six squares of the district. The second phase of polling is planned for November 20. The panchayat elections are being held in Jammu and Kashmir in nine phases.