28% polling in South Kashmir: CEO

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Around 28% of the total electorate of the 3-Islamabad Parliamentary Constituency cast their vote in Thursday polling, Chief Electoral Officer Jammu and Kashmir told reporters here.

Chief Electoral Officer, Umang Narula said 37.76% votes were cast in Islamabad, 36.68% in Kulgam, 6.32% in Pulwama, 20.43% in Shopian districts and figures of exact polling are being received from various other far flung areas of these districts, which would subsequently add up the final poll percentage.

He said that 40% of the migrant voters also exercised their franchise for which polling booths were set up at Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi.

He said that the total percentage is likely to go up as they were analyzing the details.

The Chief Electoral Officer said that as many as 1615 polling stations were set up at 1028 locations across the Parliamentary Constituency, which included 582 hypersensitive ones.

He also said that web casting was done in as many as 65 booths, besides digital as well as video cameras were deployed for covering the voting process.

Narula said 5 observers, 205 Micro Observers and 8267 polling personnel were deployed for the Parliamentary Constituency.

The Chief Electoral Officer said 12 candidates were in the fray for the Constituency which comprised 13, 01,142 electors covering 16 Assembly segments.

Answering a question over low turnout in Pulwama, Narula said, “There were few incidents before the elections which eventually declined the turnout.” He said that the deployment of huge forces is done in order to facilitate the voting.

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