Jammu: As many as 5,098 Kashmiri Pandits will exercise their right to franchise for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency outside Kashmir.
“As many as 5,098 voters will exercise their right to franchise out of the total 36,015 KP voters for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to polls on April 30,” Assistant Returning Officer (ARO), Sachan Dev Singh told reporters here today.
There are a total of 36,015 KPs voters registered for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, he said, adding that election authority had received 1,888 M-forms, out of which 209 have been rejected for various reasons including deletion of names.
As many as 1,679 M-forms have been accepted and these M-forms contain 5,098 eligible voters, Singh said.
Over 12 lakh voters will decide the fate of candidates including Union Minister and NC chief Dr Farooq Abdullah and former state finance minister and PDP candidate Tariq Hamid Qarra on April 30.
As per the notification of Election Commission of India, 18 special polling stations have been set up for KP migrant voters in Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi for voting. Among these, 13 are in Jammu, 4 are in Delhi and one in Udhampur.
Meanwhile, Kashmiri Pandits today held a demonstration to express their resentment over not being able to vote in the Ananatnag Lok Sabha constituency as their names did not allegedly figure in the voters list.
Activists of the Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS), led by its president R K Bhat, held a protest in front of the Jammu Election Commission office at Gandhi Nagar here.
They shouted anti-EC slogans, alleging a “deliberate attempt” to deny Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) the voting right and demanded a probe into it.
“We held the demonstration to show resentment and draw the attention of EC toward the non-inclusion of names of thousands of Kashmiri migrants in the voter lists for the Anantnag parliamentary constituency despite filling up of ‘M Forms’ by them well in time,” Bhat told reporters.
“This is disappointing on the part of ECI and Relief Commissioner Office Jammu who have failed in their obligation to protect the fundamental right to vote of the migrants.”
“It seems like a conspiracy by the authorities against the displaced community who are decisive voters in J&K as the Valley has shown less participation,” he said.