Only 3.5% polling in Kash­mir

Sunday Express - - INDIA - FAYAZ WANI

ONLY 3.5 per cent polling was recorded in Kash­mir, while Jammu saw 81.4 per cent turnout in the third and penul­ti­mate phase of the Ur­ban Lo­cal Bod­ies (ULB) elec­tions on Satur­day.

J&K Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Shaleen Kabra said over­all 16.4 per cent polling was recorded in the third phase of the civic polls. “The Kash­mir di­vi­sion recorded 3.5 per cent polling. The Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee Uri had the max­i­mum vot­ing at 75.3 per cent,” he said.

A to­tal of 365 can­di­dates were in the fray for 96 wards of eight ULBs.

Sri­na­gar, which has 20 wards, recorded only 1.8 per cent polling. Poll booths were mostly empty at 10 wards each in volatile down­town and up­town Sri­na­gar. In south Kash­mir’s Anant­nag, only 3.2 per cent polling was re­ported. “In Jammu di­vi­sion, the high­est polling per­cent­age of 85.73% was recorded in Bari Bra­hamana,” Kabra said.

Sri­na­gar has usu­ally stayed away from the election process af­ter mil­i­tancy broke out in 1989. The first two phases also saw low turnout — 8 per cent (Oc­to­ber 8) and 3.4 per cent (Oc­to­ber 10) — in Kash­mir. The fi­nal phase of polling is on Oc­to­ber 16.

The Kash­mir di­vi­sion recorded 3.5 per cent polling. The Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee Uri had max­i­mum vot­ing at 75.3 per cent

Shaleen Kabra, Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer

ZAHOOR PUN­JABI

A woman out­side a polling sta­tion in Sri­na­gar on Satur­day |

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