Kashmir re-polling ends peacefully, low turnout recorded

Re-poll to be held under siege

Re-poll to be held under siege

Re-polling at 38 polling stations in Budgam district in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency that began this morning at 7 am amid tight security has failed to draw voters out in big numbers to cast their ballot.

The situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been especially thorny in recent times, and the election Commission has had to postpone the Anantnag byelection in view of it - a move that angered the political Opposition no end. Only one incident of stone-pelting was witnessed in Soibagh area in Budgam district.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Shantmanu said 709 out of 35,169 voters participated in the electoral process, which amounts to a poll percentage of 2.02%.

The mobs even set ablaze a polling station and attempting to set afire two others.

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Seven candidates are in the fray for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat but the contest is mainly between the National Conference's Farooq Abdullah and the PDP's Nazir Ahmad Khan. The voter turnout that day was a mere 6.5 percent.

Normal life across Budgam district remained affected due to the strike called by the separatists against the polling and prohibitory orders issued by the authorities under Section 144 Code of Criminal Procedure for maintaining law and order. "They showed up and left". Some 64 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force were deployed, in addition to police and army personnel.

The NC has sought certain safeguards to uphold the integrity of the democratic process, a party spokesman said here.

Results of Srinagar constituency are expected to be counted on Saturday.

By-polls in Anantnag have been necessitated as Mehbooba has to leave the Lok Sabha seat after becoming the Chief Minister in April previous year.

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