80 pc voter-turnout in Jammu, 3.4% in Kashmir

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Oct 2018 08:48:26



NEARLY 80 per cent of over 1.26 lakh voters exercised their franchise in Jammu while there was a low voter turnout yet again in Kashmir with 3.4 per cent of 2.20 lakh electorate casting their votes on Wednesday in the second phase of municipal polls in the State, officials said. The second phase witnessed overall voter-turnout of 31.3 per cent out of total electorate of 3.47 lakh in the State, they said.

The low voter-turnout in Kashmir was in line with a meagre 8.3 per cent turnout in the Valley during the first phase of polling, when the Jammu and Ladakh divisions had witnessed over 65 per cent of voting, they said.

Nineteen wards of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, having an electorate of 1.78 lakh, witnessed a turnout of just 2.3 per cent, officials said.Bandipora district, however, witnessed brisk polling as 34.2 per cent of the 8,300 voters exercised their franchise, the officials said. They said Sopore in north Kashmir and Anantnag in south Kashmir registered turnouts of 6.1 per cent and 1.1 per cent respectively.

Kashmir witnessed low voter turnout despite election authorities having advanced the starting time of polling for the second phase by an hour to 6 am, half an hour before the day break. Advancement of time for start of voting has led to fears among some political parties that it may be meant to manipulate election process.