7.13 percent voter turnout recorded in Srinagar LS bypoll
The CEO thanked the people and officials for making the entire exercise a peaceful affair.
It was because of unprecedented violence and the lowest-ever voter turnout on April 9, that the Election Commission deferred the April 12 by-poll in Anantnag parliamentary constituency to May 25. Only one incident of stone-pelting was witnessed in Soibagh area in Budgam district. Eight civilians were killed in clashes with the security forces during the polling.
Re-poll was ordered in 38 polling stations of Chadoora, Chrar-e-Sharief, Khansahib and Beerwah tehsils of Budgam district where violence had disrupted the process on 9 April.
The re-polling followed widespread violence during Sunday's voting which left eight people dead in firing by security forces.
The mobs set ablaze a polling station and attempting to burn two others.
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In Beerwah area's Badran, there was an incident in which workers of National Congress and PDP were involved in an altercation over allegations of bogus voting, the officials said.
The NC wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir and also to the ECI and put on record its concerns about the electoral process ahead of the re-poll.
The personnel are drawn from state police and the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force. "This thing was brought to the notice of the political parties also in between", he said. With Thursday's numbers, the total voter turnout in the Srinagar Assembly election now stands at 7.13 percent. Among those who had asked for that was Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, the brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is her party's candidate from Anantnag.
By-polls in Anantnag have been necessitated as Mehbooba has to leave the Lok Sabha seat after becoming the Chief Minister in April past year.
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