LIVE: First phase of Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir

Polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections began at 7 am on Thursday morning for Baramulla and Jammu Lok Sabha seats. While a heavy turnout was recorded in Jammu, a moderate turnout was witnessed in Baramulla amid a shutdown call issued by the separatist leadership.

11 am: 24 per cent polling recorded in all the constituencies of the two Lok Sabha seats

9 am: 10 per cent polling recorded in all the constituencies of the two Lok Sabha seats

7am: Polling begins

Polling percentage. Source: Information department

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

Those in the fray include Muhammad Akbar Lone of National Conference, Farooq Ahmad Mir of Congress, Raja Aijaz Ali of People’s Conference, Mohammad Maqbool War of BJP, Jahangir Khan of NPP, Abdul Qayoom Wani of PDP and independent candidates Javid Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Najeeb Shah Naqvi and Abdul Rashid Sheikh.

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.

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