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Low polling in Srinagar
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 7
While situation remained overall peaceful and incident free, the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency recorded about 24 per cent of polling in the fourth phase today amid bandh in the Kashmir valley on the call of separatists.

There had been complaints about bogus voting by some political parties apart from 18 other complaints related to today’s polling, and all of them have been “found baseless”. Meanwhile, eight bogus voters were arrested. A government employee was arrested and investigations against another had been started for their unauthorised involvement in the poll process today.

Chief electoral officer BR Sharma said here that 23.77 per cent of votes were polled in the three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency spread over 15 Assembly segments.

These included 11.46 per cent in the eight segments of Srinagar district, 37 per cent in the five segments of Budgam and 38 per cent in the two segments of Ganderbal district. Out of 12,184 migrant votes, only 1,039 votes were polled at 17 polling stations in Delhi, Jammu and Udhampur. No vote was polled in Delhi, Sharma said. In the 12 polling stations of Jammu, only 962 migrant voters out of the total 12,040 voted, making it 7.99 per cent. Out of the 144 migrant votes in Udhampur, 81 votes were polled, he said.

Today’s figures of 23.77 per cent showed a considerable rise from 18.56 per cent in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Sharma said.

In the Assembly elections across 15 segments in the Srinagar constituency, 40.35 per cent votes were polled. No comparisons could be made as the voting percentage in the Assembly elections had always shown a greater participation than the Parliament elections, Sharma said. Today, the highest polling of 56 per cent was recorded in Chrar-e-Sharief Assembly segment of Budgam district, followed by 44 per cent in Kangan and 34 per cent in Ganderbal district.

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