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Baramulla votes peacefully but turnout is just 35%, lower than 2014

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Over 35.01 per cent of the 13.12 lakh electorate cast their votes Thursday in the election for the constituency in as the polling concluded peacefully, barring a minor clash between supporters of two candidates, officials said.

The voter turnout for the constituency was 35.01 per cent, Chief Electoral told reporters here.

The turnout this year has seen a decline compared to 2014 when 39.6 per cent of the electorate had exercised their franchise.

A senior election said the polling concluded peacefully with only one incident of a clash between supporters of the National Conference and People's Conference reported from Inderkote area of district.

He said the situation was brought under control by the security forces and polling resumed within minutes of the incident.

The constituency is spread over 15 assembly segments in three districts of north

As far as district-wise numbers are concerned, the seven assembly segments in registered a cumulative turnout of 24.02 per cent during polling which began at 7.00 am and ended at 6.00 pm, the said.

In district, which has three assembly segments, a poll percentage of 31.83 per cent was recorded, he said.

The five assembly constituencies of district had polled nearly 48 per cent votes till 5.00 pm, he added.

The constituency will send a first-time parliamentarian to the Lok Sabha as none of the nine candidates in the fray has earlier been elected to either Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha.

Those in the fray include of National Conference, of Congress, of People's Conference, Mohammad Maqbool War of BJP, of NPP, of PDP and independent candidates Javid Ahmad Qureshi, and

PPD stalwart had won the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Baramulla constituency but he chose not to seek reelection. Baig had defeated his nearest rival of National Conference by a margin of 29,219 votes.

While the 2014 elections in this north Kashmir constituency was a virtual head-on contest between the PDP and NC, it is a multi-cornered contest this time around with emergence of People's Conference as the third regional force in Kashmir.

Former MLA from Langate Abdul Rashid Sheikh's decision to fight the Lok Sabha polls has spiced up the contest as former IAS has extended support of his newly formed People's Movement to him.

Authorities established 1,749 polling stations at 1,387 locations for over 13.12 lakh voters to exercise their franchise.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 21:55 IST