Kashmir Elections: Post Militancy, Srinagar Records Highest Turn Out

RIYAZ UL KHALIQ

SRINAGAR

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.

Flanked by Kashmir Police Chief A G MIr, CEO J&K Umang Narula addressing press conference in Srinagar.
Flanked by Kashmir Police Chief A G MIr, CEO J&K Umang Narula addressing press conference in Srinagar.

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%

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