Lok Sabha polls phase I: Long queues, less boycott!
Srinagar, Apr 11: The
first phase of polling in Jammu and Baramulla Parliamentary constituencies of
J&K ended with a total voter turnout of 57.31 percent even as a teenager
was killed in clashes that occurred in the evening in Handwara area of north
Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
The slain was identified as Owais Mushtaq Mir, a resident of
Handwara area of Kupwara who was injured seriously in the clashes that broke between
youth and government forces after the day-long voting. He was brought dead to district
hospital Handwara, a witness said.
Meanwhile, amid the heightened security arrangements and
internet gag across north Kashmir, the frontier district Kupwara Thursday polled
51.7 percent of votes in a day for Baramulla parliamentary constituency with
serpentine queues being witnessed in many places. Sopore and Hajin areas in
Baramulla and Bandipora constituency witnessed almost a complete boycott.
Addressing media persons here at a Press Conference, Chief
Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K
Shailendra Kumar said that Jammu Parliamentary Constituency, spread over four
districts of Jammu, Samba, Rajouri and Poonch, with 20 assembly segments,
recorded a huge overall voter turnout of 72.16 percent.
Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency comprising three
districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora, having 15 Assembly segments,
recorded 34.61 percent polling.
The individual district turnouts stood at Kupwara (51.7%),
Baramulla (24%), and Bandipora (31.8%). The final turnout in 15 segments of the
entire Baramulla Constituency stood at: Karnah (59.1%), Kupwara (58.7), Lolab
(45.3), Handwara (60.3), Langate (35.5), Uri (57.0), Rafiabad (11.8), Sopore
(4.3), Sangrama (13.7), Baramulla (16.0), Gulmarg (33.5), and Pattan (33.9).
The voter turnout was highest in Samba District at 75.07
percent followed by 74.50 percent in Jammu district, while twin border
districts of Poonch and Rajouri recorded 70.40 percent and 65.70 percent,
respectively, the CEO informed.
He said that there are 33 candidates in fray for twin
constituencies, including 24 for Jammu PC and 9 for Baramulla PC. He said the
polling was held under the supervision of 12 General Observers, 8 Expenditure
Observers and 7 Police Observers, besides 462 micro observers, while 7692 staff
was deployed across 4489 polling stations in the two PCs on Poll day.
Giving further details, he said the twin PCs have over 33
lakh voters, 17.16 Lakh male, 16.80 lakh female.
The CEO complimented
voters, political parties, contesting candidates, polling staff and Security
forces for smooth and peaceful conduct of polling in the state.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, IGP Jammu
Manish Kumar Sinha, RO Jammu PC Ramesh Kumar and Additional CEO Rakesh Kumar
Sarangal were also present at the press conference.