As many as 62 percent registered voters of displaced Kashmiri pandit community participated in ongoing Lok Sabha polls for first of the three phased election for Anantnag parliamentary constituency.
Though unhappy over ‘cumbersome’ voter registration process adopted for them by the Election Commission, pandits voted for change and in hope of returning to their homes in the Kashmir valley.
As per election commission a total of 6901 voters of Anantnag district consisting of six assembly segments ¬- Anantnag, Doru, Kokernag, Shangus, Bijbehara and Pahalgam – were registered with M-Form out of which 4101 exercised their franchise at 22 special polling stations set up in Jammu, Udhampur and New Delhi, with overall percentage of 62.34.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Assistant Returning Officer (Migrants), Delhi Digvijay Gupta said that the polling station at Delhi registered 74 percent turnout as out of 19 registered voters, 14 turned up and cast their vote. He said that seven males and same numbers of females cast their votes till 4.00 PM.
In Jammu, authorities set up 21 polling stations for 6745 migrant voters of Anantnag district, out of which 4015 exercised their franchise.
As per ARO (Migrants) Jammu Pankaj Anand “2189 males and 1826 females cast their votes with voting percentage of 60.80.”
In Udhampur, 52.44 percent migrant voters exercised their franchise for Anantnag district. According to ARO (Migrants) Udhampur Anirudh Rai, out of 137 registered voters, 72 votes were polled by the migrants.
Meanwhile, members of Kashmiri Pandit community staged protest outside polling station at Jagti after finding their names missing from the voter list and faulty EVM at Barnai polling booth.
“We had filled up our M forms but despite that our names are missing from the voter list,” they said.