At 16.4%, J&K records dismal turnout
The business establishments were shut and traffic movement was affected in the poll bound areas. Authorities had reduced speed of mobile internet services. However, the polling was peaceful.
“3rd phase of urban &local body election concluded peacefully in Valley.@jmukmrpolice,” Kashmir police zone tweeted.
The elections are happening after 13 years amid threats from militants, boycott calls from separatists and abstention from two main mainstream parties, the Peoples’ Democratic Party and National Conference.
“From the highest turnouts since 1987 in 2014 to the lowest turnouts ever recorded in 2018 why is the Modi government able to get away with its disastrous handing of Kashmir almost unquestioned?,” said the NC leader and former chief minister, Omar Abdullah.
Women stand in queue to cast their vote at Sri Pratap College in Srinagar on Saturday.