Low voter turnout in Kashmir in J&K’s first local body polls in 13 years
Srinagar | News Desk
The first of the four phases of urban local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir which began Monday drew lukewarm response in Kashmir Valley with Kupwara recording the highest with 32.30% voter turnout while Bandipora with 3.38%.
The polling was held in parts of Srinagar, Budgam, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and Anantnag, Kargil, Leh, Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri.
An official while giving percentage wise break up said that turn out percentage in Anantnag was 7.3%, Budgam 16.97%, Bandipora 3.38%, Baramulla 5.01%, Kupwara 32.02%, Srinagar 6.2%, Kargil 78.02%, Leh 55.2%, Jammu 63.08%, Rajouri 81.00% and Poonch 73.01 percent.
As many as 2990 candidates are in the fray for the elections which will end on October 16.
Monday’s elections were held for 422 wards out of a total of 1,145.
“For safety of voters media personnel were disallowed to click photographs at many polling stations,” said an official.
Mobile Internet services were suspended in south Kashmir in the view of the first phase of urban local bodies’ elections. Mobile Internet speed had been reduced to 2G in other parts of the Kashmir Valley.