Anantnag records 13.63 percent voter turnout
Srinagar/Anantnag: The restive Anantnag district witnessed a 13.63 percent polls during the first leg of three-phase polling for the Parliamentary constituency. The polls however, were incident free.
Addressing media persons here this evening, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shailendra Kumar said that the overall percentage recorded in the District during today’s polling was 13.63 with the highest in Pahalgam segment, 20.37 per cent.
He said that for the smooth polling, the ECI had setup 714 polling stations in the district. The ECI had also established 21 model polling stations, 12 all women model polling stations.
Divulging segment wise details of the district, the CEO informed that the percentage of the total votes polled in Anantnag segment was 3.47 per cent, Dooru, 17.28, Kokernag, 19.50, Shangus, 15.10, Bijbehara 2.04 and Pahalgam, 20.37 %.
The CEO informed that the total percentage of voting till date in various parliamentary constituencies in the state including Baramulla, Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur and Anantnag was recorded at 48.87 percent.
The CEO complimented voters, political parties, contesting candidates, media, polling staff and security forces for smooth and peaceful conduct of polling in the state.
The poll percentage recorded today has been the lowest so far during the first three phases of LS polls in the state.
The overall turnout in Anantnag district including migrant votes remained 13.63% as only 71923 votes were polled out of the total 529256 electors.
In Anantnag Assembly segment 3004 voters including 1852 male and 1152 female exercised their franchise while as in Bijbehara segment just 1905 votes were polled which include 1203 Male and 702 female votes.
In Dooru and Kokernag segments 13598 including 7644 males and 5954 females and 18312 including 10222 males and 8090 females voters exercised their franchise respectively.
In Pahalgam 17649 including 10295 males and 7354 females while as in Shangus 13354 including 7583 males and 5771 females voters exercised their franchise
The Election Commission of India has curtailed the polling duration for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency by two hours. Polling started at 7 am while as it ended at 4 pm.
Anantnag district has 529256 electors including 269603 males, 257540 females, 2102 service electors (2091 male and 11 female) and 11 transgender voters. For smooth polling, the ECI has setup 714 polling stations in the district.
There are 18 candidates in the fray for Anantnag constituency including PDP president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti. The Congress has fielded its state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir while former High Court judge Hasnain Masoodi is contesting on the National Conference ticket.
A 57-year-old lawyer Shams Khwaja, hailing from Gautam Budh Nagar of Uttar Pradesh is also in contest from the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat which goes to polls district-wise in three phases on April 23, 29 and May 6 due to security concerns.
The other candidates in the fray are Sofi Yousuf of Bhartiya Janta Party, Nisar Ahmad Wani of Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party, Ch. Zaffar Ali of Jammu Kashmir People’s Conference, Sanjay Kumar Dhar of Manav Adhikar Party, Surinder Singh of Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) and Imtiyaz Ahmad Rather, Ridwana Sanam, Riyaz Ahmad Bhat, Zubair Masoodi, Ali Mohammad Wani, Gh Mohammad Wani, Kyasir Ahmed Sheikh, Manzoor Ahmad Khan and Mirza Sajad Hussain Beigh, all independents.