Mehbooba’s home turf saw 40 booths with zero votes
State Times News Srinagar: A voter turnout of 13.63 per cent was recorded on Tuesday in the Anantnag Parliamentary constituency where polls are being held in three phases due to security reasons. The Anantnag district of the constituency went to polls in the first phase, while voting in the Kulgam district of the constituency will be held on April 29 and in Pulwama and Shopian districts on May 6. “The polling percentage in Anantnag district, of Anantnag Parliamentary constituency, which went to polls today (Tuesday), has been recorded at 13.63 per cent,” Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar told reporters here. Kumar said the polling remained peaceful. He complimented all stakeholders for the smooth conduct of the polls in the district which comprises six assembly segments: Anantnag, Bijbehara, Dooru, Kokernag, Pahalgam, and Shangus. Divulging segment wise details of the district, the CEO informed that the percentage of the total votes polled in Anantnag segment was 3.47 per cent, Dooru, 17.28, Kokernag, 19.50, Shangus, 15.10, Bijbehara 2.04 and Pahalgam, 20.37 per cent. The CEO informed that the total percentage of voting till date in various parliamentary constituencies in the state including Baramulla, Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur and Anantnag was recorded at 48.87 per cent. The CEO complimented voters, political parties, contesting candidates, media, polling staff and security forces for smooth and peaceful conduct of polling in the state. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, IGP Kashmir, SP Pani, besides other officers were present on the occasion. Kumar said a total of 71,777 votes, including 4,101 migrant votes, were polled in the third phase of the polls. “The exact figure will be clear tomorrow after evaluating all the M-forms (for migrant voters),” the CEO said.
He said the Tuesday’s voting percentage in Anantnag district was less compared to 2014 Lok Sabha polls which had recorded 39.37 per cent.
He said an electorate of 5.27 lakh including 2.69 lakh male and 2.57 lakh females were voters eligible to cast their votes. He said 714 polling stations were set up across the district. Twenty-one polling stations were also set up for migrant voters.
The number of first-time voters for the district was 54,663, while 24,536 were in the age group of 18-21 years, Kumar said.
Meanwhile, home turf of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Bijbehara assembly segment under the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, reported highest concentration of polling stations where zero votes were cast.
Among the 65 booths in Anantnag where zero votes were cast, 40 were located in Bijbehara, one of the six assembly constituencies where voting took place in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday.
People cast their votes in 714 polling stations in Anantnag.
Bijbehara, the home constituency of PDP president Mufti, had 120 polling booths set up for a population of 93,289 people.
A total of 1,893 electorate or 2 per cent exercised their franchise when the polling ended at 4 PM. The voting time for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat was reduced in view of security considerations.
The Baramulla Lok Sabha seat, where voting took place in the first phase, saw 17 polling stations with zero while the Srinagar Parliamentary seat, which went to polls in the second phase, recorded zero votes in 90 booths.
Polling in Anantnag, which has 16 assembly seats, has been divided into three phases. The first phase was completed on Tuesday while remaining two will be held on April 29 and May 6.
The decision for staggered polling was taken keeping in view the security situation in South Kashmir which has seen many encounters between security forces and terrorists.
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