Jammu Kashmir elections Kashmiris have thrown a major surprise - the first phase of Jammu Kashmir elections has witnessed a dramatically high turnout of 72 per cent as against the fears of people heeding the boycott call given by the separatists. Deputy Election Commissioner supervising Jammu Kashmir elections Vinod Zutshi said that the 71.28 per cent polling recorded in Jammu Kashmir elections was probably the highest ever. Political experts believe that high turnout may help the BJP go closer to its target the "Mission 44 plus". In all, 10.67 lakh people voted in the first phase of the Jammu Kashmir elections. As per official statistics released by ECI, 123 candidates contested from 15 seats of the inaugural round of the Jammu Kashmir elections. Zutshi also said that 121-year old Noor Bi, perhaps the oldest voter, cast her vote in the Kabhi polling booth in the Ramban constituency in Jammu Kashmir elections. Massive security arrangements were made as security forces and polling teams were deployed all over; 43 helicopter sorties made. In the Lok Sabha election, the respective seats in J&K had seen a turnout of 52.63 percent. Political pundits predict that high turnout may go in favour of the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led Peoples's Democratic party (PDP) in Kashmir and the BJP in Jammu that has campaigned aggressively under the aegis of its campaign , Mission 44 plus. Even a comparatively lower turnout of 52.63 per cent had helped BJP win all the three Lok Sabha seats during the general elections earlier this year. The outcome of the Lok sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir had bolstered the prospects of BJP and infused its cadres with fresh energy to set a target of getting majority for the Jammu and Kashmir elections for Assembly in India's only Muslim dominated state. On the day of polling despite an intense cold wave, enthusiastic voters had queued up outside polling stations in the valley and the Jammu region. Even a separatist boycott call in the valley had evoked no response as men and women came out in large numbers to vote. The enthusiasm was at its pinnacle during the ongoing Jammu Kashmir elections.