Despite blasts, Baramulla records 40 pc polling

Despite blasts, Baramulla records 40 pc polling

Despite blasts, Baramulla records 40 pc polling

Amid blasts, stone pelting incidents and shutdown, this north Kashmir parliamentary constituency recorded 40 per cent polling in the last phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

The turnout in the constituency, which consists of three districts, was more than two per cent less compared to the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

J&K Chief Electoral Officer, Umang Narula told reporters in Srinagar that 25.04 per cent voters exercise their rights in Baramulla, 63.19 per cent in Kupwara and 35.65 per cent in Bandipora districts.

“Overall, 39.60 electorate cast their votes in the constituency,” he said.

Sopore Assembly segment witnessed a meagre 1.2 per cent polling, while Bandipora segment recorded 20.50 per cent and Pattan 23.65 per cent, officials said.

However, the situation in five Assembly segments of Kupwara was different where people were waiting in long queues at polling stations.

Karnah Assembly segment near the Line of Control (LoC), Narula said, witnessed highest 71.57 per cent, Kupwara segment 69.29 per cent, Lolab 57.37 per cent, Handwara 59.92 per cent and Langate 47.84 per cent.

“In Baramulla district, Uri Assembly segment witnessed brisk polling with 65.42 per cent voters casting their votes,” he added.

Reports said after the polling was over clashes between security forces and youths erupted at dozens of places in Sopore, Pattan, Bandipora and other volatile areas of the constituency.