ANANTNAG: About 67 percent voters boycotted the by-poll in Anantnag which was held on Wednesday amid a tight security arrangement. Hazratbal polling station in Anantnag town recorded the lowest voter turnout at 7 percent. The polling station at Qazi Bagh registered voter turnout at 9 percent.
Of the total number of 84,081registered voters, only 28,446 cast their vote. The polled votes were of 15,384 males and 13,062 females. The assembly segment of Wantrag witnessed the highest turnout at 79 percent, followed by Rambirpora at 70 percent.
While brisk polling was recorded in many rural areas, the polling stations in the old town and civil lines areas witnessed a low turnout. In Laizbal area of the old town minor incidents of stone throwing happened.
In Khanabal and Anchidora areas of the town, turnout was moderate to high as the people started casting votes since morning.
Out of 714 votes at the polling station in Khanabal, 193 had been polled till 12 pm while in another polling booth set up in high school Khanabal, 278 voters out of 900 had vast their votes till 12:10 pm.
At many polling stations workers of political parties were seen ferrying the voters, particularly women, to cast their vote. At polling station Dantar C long queues of women were seen where 324 votes out of 1068 had been cast till 12:30 pm.
“It is for the first time we have a women chief minister. So i decided to vote for her. We suffered huge damage in floods and a top PDP leader has assured me of help,” a veiled woman said after casting her vote at Dantar.
The mood of the people at other polling stations particularly in the town suggested an edge to Mehbooba Mufti, who is seeking a berth to the assembly on the promise of providing development.
“The constituency has always been represented by an opposition MLA and this time we have not been so unwise as to vote for any other candidate than the chief minister,” said voter Bashir Ahmad outside the polling station at Lal Chowk.