Four districts of Srinagar, Anantnag, Shopian and Samba record overall turnout of 49%
Srinagar, Dec 14: Around 49 percent polling was recorded in the fourth phase of assembly elections in 18 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, with Srinagar recording the lowest turnout of 28 percent and Samba highest of 80 percent, officials said.
Addressing a news conference here, J&K’s Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula said 49 percent voters exercised their franchise in 18 Assembly segments spread over four districts of the J&K. He said the polling was held in a peaceful atmosphere.
“The voter turnout this time is four percent more than the 2008 Assembly polls. It was 45 percent then,” he said, adding, “The overall voting percentage was 29 in these segments in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.”
Giving district-wise break up, Narula said Srinagar district spread over eight assembly segments recorded 28 percent voting—the increase of seven percent than the 2008 polls.
Post 1987, this is the highest voter turnout in the summer capital where separatists hold a considerable clout.
In 1996 assembly elections, Srinagar recorded 19.24 percent voter turnout while it was mere 5.04 percent in 2002, and 21.67 percent in 2008.
In 1987 polls, when the Muslim United Front—an alliance of anti-National Conference and anti-Congress parties—was pitted against NC candidates, Srinagar recorded heavy voter turnout.
Giving constituency-wise break up of voter turnout in Srinagar district today, Narula said Hazratbal recorded 29.36% polling; Zadibal 23.64%; Idgah 27.79%; Khanyar 26.12%; Habba Kadal 21.01%; Amira Kadal 24.81%; Sonwar 44.17 % and Batamaloo 24.34%.
In south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Narula said the voter turnout was 61 percent—two percent less than the 2008 state polls. In 2008, when PDP and Congress won all six seats of the district, the poling percentage was 63.20.
Narula said Anantnag constituency recorded 38.67% turnout, Dooru 63.94%; Kokernag 64.90%; Shangus 67.27%; Bijbehara 53.87% and Pahalgam 68.53%.
The CEO said south Kashmir’s Shopain district recorded 50 percent voting—almost equal to the 2008 turnout there. The district then recorded 50.65 percent polling.
According to Narula, Wachi Assembly constituency recorded 46.10% voting and Shopian 52.06%.
The CEO said Samba district recorded highest 80 percent polling Sunday.
“Samba segment recorded 77% polling and Vijaypur 81.31%,” he said. In 2008, the district registered 77.90 polling.