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Srinagar PC marks second-highest voter participation since 1989: CEO

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Srinagar: Providing an overview of the polling conducted in the Srinagar Parliamentary constituency on Monday, Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir P.K Pole said that the polling percentage remained until 5 P.M. stood at 36 percent, marking the second-highest turnout since 1989. He added that not even a single polling booth witnessed zero percent polling in Srinagar parliamentary constituency.

“People voted in large numbers here. We are thankful to each and every person involved in making this democratic process a success,” said Pole while addressing media persons in Srinagar.

As per the data provided, the polling percentage until 5 P.M. stood at 36 percent, marking the second-highest turnout since 1989. The figures for previous years were shared as follows: 2019: 14.43%, 2014: 25.86%, 2009: 25.55%, 2004: 18.57%, 1999: 11.93%, 1998: 30.06%,  and 1996: 40.94%

Pole estimated the final polling percentage to be approximately 40 percent, noting the significant improvement in turnout compared to previous elections.

Highlighting the logistics involved, Pole mentioned that there were 2135 polling stations across 18 assembly segments. Over 8500 civil employees, along with police and CRPF personnel, double that number, worked tirelessly over the past two days to ensure the smooth conduct of the polls.

“We had special arrangements in place for females and aged persons, with every polling station under CCTV surveillance,” he added.

Regarding youth participation, Pole stated that there were 2 lakh registered youth voters, and 26 special polling stations were set up for migrants, with over 6 thousand migrant voters casting their ballots, contributing to a tentative poll percentage of 36 percent among migrant voters.

Pole also addressed preventive measures, emphasizing the overall peaceful conduct of the polls. “Preventive measures were taken only in cases where individuals had a criminal background or anti—national history, ensuring that polling stations remained incident-free,” he clarified.

Pole added that Srinagar recorded the lowest EVM replacement rate at 0.1 percent, while Jammu reported the highest at 3 percent.

In Srinagar district, eight Women manned, eight PwD manned and eight youth manned besides eight green, seventeen model and two unique polling stations were established, he said.

Similarly, four women manned, four  PwD manned and four youth manned besides six  green, eight model  and three unique polling stations were established for ease of voters in  Ganderbal  district.

Likewise, Pulwama district had three women manned, three PwD manned and two youth manned besides four green, eight model and one unique polling station was established. In Budgam (29,30,31) district, three women manned, one PWD manned and three youth manned besides three green polling station were established. Similarly,  Shopian (37) had one  women  manned, one PwD manned and one youth manned besides two green and  two unique polling stations.

The newly established polling stations aim to revolutionize the electoral process by ensuring accessibility and representation for all segments of society. With a special focus on women, youth, and PWD, these stations had been equipped with amenities tailored to meet their unique needs, fostering an environment conducive to their active participation in the democratic process.

Furthermore, the ECI’s commitment towards environmental sustainability has visibly been reflected through implementation of green practices at these polling stations. Every aspect is meticulously designed to minimize environmental impact and promote a greener future.

Speaking on this milestone initiative, Chief Electoral Officer said that establishment of these unique polling stations underscores ECI’s unwavering dedication towards fostering inclusivity and sustainability in the electoral process. He added that the ECI believes that every citizen should have equal access to exercise their democratic right, and these polling stations represent a significant step towards achieving that goal.


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