At 16.4%, J&K records dis­mal turnout

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION -

PEACE­FUL POLLING

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.

WASEEM ANDRABI/ HT

Women stand in queue to cast their vote at Sri Pratap Col­lege in Sri­na­gar on Satur­day.

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