1.68% votes cast till 2 PM in Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll

  • 1.68% votes cast till 2 PM in Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll

1.68% votes cast till 2 PM in Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr. 13 (ANI): A voter turnout of 7.13 percent was recorded in the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll.

However, despite suspension of the internet services, Sunday's polling was marred by large scale violence which left eight people dead.

The voter turnout of 7% on Sunday was the lowest in decades, a result of a boycott called by separatist leaders.

However, poll staff was present in these polling stations though very less number of voters had come out so far.

The authorities have deployed over 20,000 security personnel to ensure smooth re-polling in Budgam district after Sunday's unprecedented violence.

Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency too was scheduled to have by-polls yesterday but it was postponed to May 25 in the wake of Sunday's violence in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

The Election Commission yesterday announced re- poll on 38 polling stations.

Officials following the violence ordered re-polling in Budgam district, part of Srinagar parliamentary constituency. This was stated by the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Mr Shantmanu here today.

However, nearly the entire objective of the exercise was defeated because only 709 people - or 2.02 percent of voters, who were supposed to exercise their franchise on Thursday - turned out to cast their vote.

On April 9, when the constituency went for polls across three districts, 118 booths were closed for polling by noon due to protestes.

Former chief minister and opposition National Conference President, Farooq Abdullah has challenged ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) candidate, Nazir Ahmad Khan in the Srinagar-Budgam constituency.

Counting will be held on April 15.