Dull voting going on in South Kashmir

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Low voter turnout was recorded in Jammu and Kashmir’s Islamabad Lok Sabha constituency that went to the polls Thursday.

“Only 18 percent votes were cast in the first six hours, with a few incidents of violence reported,” official sources said.

Tral assembly constituency where two village headmen were killed suspected militants on Monday recorded the lowest 0.35 percent – voter turnout till noon, followed by Pulwama assembly constituency with just 0.66 percent and Pampore with 1.67 percent.

In Khanabal Islamabad polling station, where 1,118 voters are registered, just 10 votes were cast till noon.

High voter turnout was recorded in Noorabad, Dooru and Pahalgam, with 29 percent, 22 percent and 25 percent votes polled in the first six hours.

However, high to moderate polling was going in Noorabad, Dooru, Kokernag and Pahalgam areas.

There were incidents of violence as well in the region. Youths pelted stones at a number of places in Shopian, Islamabad, Kulgam and Pulwama districts.

“Announcements were made on loudspeakers asking people to stay away from the polls at many places,” locals in Shopian town said.

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