Is This the Lowest Voter Turnout in a Jammu & Kashmir Election?

Apr 14, 2017, 10:29
Is This the Lowest Voter Turnout in a Jammu & Kashmir Election?

On Sunday, voting for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat bypolls was marred by unprecedented violence as eight people were killed in firing by security forces which saw the voter turnout plunge to an all-time low of 7.14 per cent.

A police official said the internet services were restored in view of the improvement in the situation and peaceful conduct of the repolling in 38 polling stations in Budgam district today.

The Srinagar byelection took place on April 9, but clashes between protesters and the security forces across several parts of Budgam led to eight deaths.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

By noon not even 1% vote had been cast with several journalists finding the polling stations to be empty except for a couple of persons here and there.

The voter turnout of 7% on Sunday was the lowest in decades, a result of a boycott called by separatist leaders. Polling staff and security personnel intervened and resolved the issue.

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No votes were polled in Budgam and Khansahib assembly segments while only two votes were polled in Chrar-e-Sharief segment of the Lok Sabha constituency in the corresponding period, they said. They showed up and left afterwards. "No untoward incidents were reported", Shantmanu, Chief Electoral Office of Jammu and Kashmir said.

In the wake of Sunday's experience, police and paramilitary forces had been deployed in large numbers.

The NC has sought certain safeguards to uphold the integrity of the democratic process, a party spokesman said here.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's brother Tassaduq Mufti is the candidate of the ruling PDP from Anantnag constituency.

Shantmanu refrained from speculating on the prospects for the postponed bypolls in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency.