|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, Apr 18: Incident free voting marked second-phase of polling in Srinagar and Udhampur Parliamentary constituencies of J&K with a total voter turnout of 45.7 percent.
Addressing media persons here in the evening, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shailender Kumar said that the second-phase of polling was recorded violence free. He said that Udhampur Parliamentary constituency spread over 17 Assembly segments comprising six districts of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Reasi, Udhampur and Kathua recorded an overall voter turnout of 70.2 per cent.
"Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency, spread over three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal with 15 Assembly segments, recorded an overall voter turnout of 14.1 percent," he added. In Kashmir the voter turnout was highest in central Kashmir's district Budgam with 21.5 per cent.
While as Udhampur recorded 74.8 per cent, followed by Kathua 74.0 per cent, Reasi at 72.7 per cent, Kishtwar 66.2 per cent, Doda, 64.1 percent, Ramban, 59.5 per cent, respectively, the CEO informed.
Pertinently the Srinagar PC is spread over 15 Assembly segments comprising three districts of Central Kashmir-Ganderbal, Srinagar and Budgam with 12,95,304 registered voters including 12,94,560 general voters and 744 service voters. Among the general voters, 6,67,252 were males and 6,27,282 female electors. The authorities had set up 1716 polling stations across the Parliamentary constituency to facilitate the polling.
The Udhampur parliamentary seat has 16, 85,779 electors of which 16,65,467 are registered as general voters and 20,312 as service voters. Among the General voters, 8,76,319 are males and 7,89,105 females. The authorities had set up 2710 polling stations across the Parliamentary constituency. He said that there were 24 candidates in fray for twin constituencies, including 12 for Udhampur PC and 12 for Srinagar PC. He said the polling was held under the supervision of General Observers, Expenditure Observers and Police Observers, besides micro observers, while as heavy deployment of staff was ensured across the polling stations in the two PCs on Poll day.
The CEO said that 25 all women polling stations and 149 model polling stations were established across the twin constituencies. He said that nearly 1.5 lakh first time voters also exercised their franchise. The CEO informed that there would be slight changes in the overall figures as the final tallies are being made. The CEO complimented voters, political parties, contesting candidates, polling staff and security forces for smooth and peaceful conduct of polling in the state. IGP Kashmir, SP Pani, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, SSP Srinagar were also present at the press conference.