4.4% voting till 9 am: Govt

Srinagar: Voting Wednesday began on a dull note in north Kashmir and Ladakh with just over four percent of the voters exercising their franchise in two Lok Sabha constituencies of Baramulla and Ladakh in the initial two hours.

As many as 15 candidates are in fray from Baramulla while four candidates are contesting from Ladakh Parliamentary Constituency.

An official handout here said that twin constituencies, spread over five districts, had an overall voting percentage of 4.4 percent in first two hours of polling which started at 7 a.m.

The official said that Baramulla recorded 3.63%, Kupwara 5 %, Bandipora 2.3, Leh 6.1% and Kargil had 5 percent voter turnout.

An earlier official handout had said that brisk voting has been recorded at many places during the first hour itself.

At Pattan, the handout said, as many as 63 votes were cast out of the total 570 during the first hour at Polling Station 88-A.  Similarly, at polling station 89-B, as many as 29 votes were cast out of the total 726 votes and at 106-C, as many as 56 voters out of the total electorate of 809 casted their vote.

In Sonawari assembly segment, at Dangerpora Sumbal Polling Station, as many as 100 votes have been reportedly cast out of the total electorate of 1276, the handout said.

In Kupwara Assembly Segment, at Batergam Polling Station, as many as 33 Voters out of the total electorate of 629 had exercised their franchise during the first hour. At Zurhama Polling Station, out of 500 as many as 127 votes have been reportedly cast, the handout added.