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Triumph of democracy: Baramulla breaks 40-yr record of highest turnout
5/20/2024 10:36:50 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, May 20: Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency in North Kashmir broke a 40 year record of highest turnout on Monday by recording more than 59 percent voting in the fifth phase of ongoing parliamentary elections.
The overall polling percentage of 59 % is higher than the 58.84 percent turnout the constituency witnessed in 1984. Baramulla recorded a turnout of 34.89% in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The polling was held smoothly in 18 assembly segments spread over the four districts of Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, and Budgam.
Giving out assembly segment-wise poll percentage data, the officials said the Handwara segment in Kupwara district recorded the highest turnout.
Uri and Langate also witnessed heavy turnouts while Bandipora, Beerwah, Budgam, Gulmarg, Karnah, Kupwara, Lolab, Pattan, Rafiabad, Sonawari, Trehgam, Baramulla, and Wagoor-Kreeri segments also recorded above average polling.
National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah, People’s Conference President Sajad Gani Lone, and jailed head of the Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) Sheikh Abdul Rashid alias Engineer Rashid are among the key candidates in the fray.
Milestone achieved w
Year Polling Percentage
2024 59%
2019 34%
2014 39%
2009 41%
2004 36%
1999 28%
1998 42%
1996 47%
1989 5.48%
1984 59%
thout any reports of violence: Pole
Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer J&K, P K Pole on Thursday said that the Baramulla Parliamentary constituency recorded approximately 59 percent voter turnout, marking the highest polling percentage in the democratic history of the constituency.
This milestone was achieved without any reports of violence throughout the polling day.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Pole highlighted the significant achievement of the Baramulla constituency.
“The people of Baramulla have made history today with the highest poll percentage ever recorded for the parliamentary seat and an election day free from violence,” Pole stated.
He detailed that the constituency had 2,103 polling stations, all monitored by CCTV surveillance to ensure smooth conduct.
Despite some complaints of slow polling, investigations revealed that the polling staff were working diligently and effectively.
“There were no untoward incidents reported anywhere, and zero violence was witnessed,” Pole emphasized.
The Handwara assembly segment recorded the highest polling percentage at 67.5 percent, while the Gurez assembly segment saw the lowest turnout.
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