Baramulla: Despite threats from militant outfits and boycott call from the JRL, 11% of voters in Wagoora block of Baramulla district came out to vote in the second phase of Panchayat elections held on Tuesday.
Official records said that of the 11,128 registered voters in the Wagoora panchayat block, 1,242 voters cast their votes including 701 males and 541 females, the overall percentage being 11.16%.
In Nowpora B, among 1,733 voters, only 17 voters including 7 males and 10 females cast their votes, with the polling percentage being a paltry 0.98%. In Sultanpora, of the 820 registered voters, 233 voters including 124 males and 133 females cast their votes, the percentage being 28.41%.
In Nowpora panchayat halqa, a candidate while talking to this reporter said that he had received about 12 votes and was sure of winning the election.
Meanwhile, there was shutdown and tight security in the entire Wagoora block on Tuesday. All the main roads to Wagoora were blocked by government forces and other forces’ personnel were deployed for the security of voters and polling staff at polling stations. Senior police officers were seen moving on the roads and checking each and every polling booth throughout the day.
There was no clash or any untoward incident reported in the area. After 2pm, the polling staff shifted out the ballot boxes to centres where counting of votes was started. However, the authorities had not declared the results by the time this report was filed.
When this reporter reached near a polling station in Nowpora area, a CRPF officer said that no one was allowed to click pictures by camera or from mobile phone. “Sir, please don’t click pictures here, it is not allowed here,” the officer said.
In neighbouring Sangrama block, all the candidates were declared winners unopposed because no one had filed forms against them. There was no polling held in Sangrama block, which was scheduled to go to elections today.