Baramulla: Elections conducted for 15 wards of Baramulla municipal council saw 5.11% voter turnout on Monday. A total of 31 candidates are contesting in these wards.
Official sources said that for the 21 wards of Baramulla municipal council, a total of 40 candidates submitted their forms, out of which 4 forms were withdrawn while 6 candidates, in wards 5, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 21, won without elections because no one submitted forms against them.
The official sources said that out of the 26,149 registered voters in the 15 wards for which voting was held, 1,336 voters cast their votes, making it a polling percentage of 5.11%. Of these, 791 voters were male and 545 were females.
In neighbouring Kupwara district, the polling percentage was 32.30% by the end of polling.
Official sources said that 29 candidates submitted their forms for 13 wards of Kupwara municipal council out of which 2 candidates were uncontested and were already declared as winners. A total of 27 candidates, from the BJP, the People’s Conference, the Congress, and Independents, were contesting the elections.
In Handwara, the polling percentage was recorded at 27.78%. Official sources said that 18 candidates had submitted forms for 13 wards of Handwara municipal council.
A large number of police, paramilitary CRPF, and army men were deployed around all the polling stations in Baramulla and Handwara. However, no report of any clashes or some untoward incident had come by the time this report was filled.