RIYAZ UL KHALIQ
After the rigging of historic 1987 polls and subsequent boycott of polls as youth took to arms, Srinagar district recorded the highest poll turn out Sunday in 2014 polls with total of 28% voters casting ballot.
As the fourth phase of assembly elections came to an end peacefully this evening, the overall total poll percentage remained at 49 percent.
Addressing a press conference here, Chief Election Commissioner J&K Polls, Umang Narula said, “in total of 1473050 registered voters for fourth phase of elections, 49% persons cast their ballot today.”
He said that Sunday’s polls are 4% higher than that of 2008 polls. “The percentage was 45% in 2008 in the areas which went to polls today and it remained at 29% in last held Lok Sabha elections in May this year,” he said.
Srinagar district which were the focus in this election, so far, witnessed a slight increase of around 7% this elections. All the eight assembly constituencies crossed their 2008 poll mark and presently ruling National Conference is holding all the seats.
“In 2008, Srinagar district recorded 21.07% while it remained at 28%,” he said.
In South Kashmir, Islamabad district recorded 61% dropping 2% than its 2008 record of 63%. Shopian district remained at 50% equal to that of 2008 polls. The CEO added that district Samba in Jammu recorded highest turnout of 81% with Samba constituency polling 77% and Vijaypur recording 81.31 % respectively.
Constituency 2008 2014
Hazratbal 28.91 29%
Zadibal 17.30 26%
Eidgah 22.07 27.79%
Khanyar 17.41 26.13%
Habba Kadal 11.62 21.01%
Amira Kadal 14.98 24.84%
Sonwar 39.61 44.17%
Batamaloo 19.95 24.34%