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Over 6.5 per cent voters exercise franchise in two hours of voting in Baramulla

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Over 6.5 per cent of the 13.12 lakh electorate cast their votes Thursday in the first two hours of polling in constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The seven assembly segments in district registered a turnout of 5.8 per cent in the first two hours of polling which began at 7 am, the officials said.

They said district, which has three assembly segments, recorded a poll percentage of nearly six per cent during the corresponding period while Kupwara recorded a turnout of eight per cent so far.

constituency will send a first time parliamentarian to the as none of the nine candidates in the fray have earlier been elected to either 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 re-election this time. Baig had defeated his nearest rival of National Conference by a margin of 29219 votes.

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

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

Baramulla Lok Sabha is spread over 15 assembly segments in three districts of north Kashmir.

Authorities have established 1749 polling stations at 1387 locations for over 13.12 lakh voters to exercise their franchise.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 11:05 IST