15 % polling in Kashmir

15 % polling in Kashmir

Jammu: Voter turnout was quite low in Srinagar parliamentary constituency, comprising three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, with only 15 percent of the electorate exercising their franchise till 5pm, according to poll officials.
A group of displaced Kashmiri migrants held a protest in Jammu after some of the members found their names missing in the voters’ list at a special polling station established for them.
Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency recorded 64.78 per cent polling, with Udhampur district registering the highest of 72.2 per cent till 5pm, poll officials said.
In Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, the highest 21 percent polling was recorded in Shia-dominated Budgam district till 5pm, officials said. Polling time concludes at 6pm.
In the 2014 election, Srinagar witnessed the lowest voter turnout in the country at 25.86 percent.
For migrant voters of Srinagar constituency, 26 polling stations were set up with 21 in Jammu, one in Udhampur, and four in New Delhi. Out of 4,700 eligible to vote, 2,100 voters exercised their franchise.
A group of people staged a protest for not setting up polling station at Talwara (Reasi) for over 600 migrant voters.
“No polling station was setup at Talwara migrant camp for voting. We have 673 votes here. DC Reasi first promised us polling station but later refused. We were told that buses will be given to us for ensuring voting at our places, but no vehicles were sent,” a migrant leader told reporters.
The protesters raised slogans against district authorities of Reasi and the Election Commission.
Voters in border district of Kathua and Udhampur turned up in large numbers at polling booths this morning to exercise their franchise, officials said.
The family members of senior RSS Leader Chanderkant Sharma, who was killed along with his PSO by terrorists in Kishtwar last Tuesday, cast their votes at Kishtwar after performing the post-death rituals on 10th day.
There was a problem with EVM at a polling station in Ramban district but it was later rectified.
Raj Devi, 95, voted at a polling station in Chenani in Udhampur district.
Separatists had called for a shutdown in the three districts against the Lok Sabha polls. Meanwhile, authorities snapped mobile internet services in these districts as a precautionary measure.
“The mobile internet service has been suspended as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” an official said. The BSNL’s broadband service was working, but its speed has been decreased.
In Srinagar, Farooq Abdullah is pitched against political greenhorns Aga Moshin of the PDP, Irfan Ansari of the People’s Conference, and Khalid Jehangir of the BJP.
In Udhampur, prominent contestants include four Rajputs: Union minister Jitendra Singh seeking reelection on a BJP ticket, Dogra dynasty scion Vikramaditya Singh fighting as a Congress candidate, Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan founder Choudhary Lal Singh and National Panthers party chairman Harsh Dev Singh. —PTI