Concerned over the boycott factor, the Election Commission has yet again decided to hold the elections in the three constituencies of Bandipore district of Kashmir in the first phase of polls in the state. In the 2008 elections, 64 per cent voters had turned up in Bandipore, setting the tone for high voter turnout in the state.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, south Kashmir went to polls in the first phase. With people staying away from the polling booths — the turnout was 28 per cent in Anantnag — the trend followed in other parts of the Valley as well.
Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir Umang Narula said on Saturday that in the first phase, 15 assembly constituencies would go to polls, including five from the twin districts of Bandipore and Ganderbal districts.
Immediately after the press conference of the Election Commission in New Delhi, Narula addressed the press in Srinagar, giving details about the assembly segments that will go to polls in five phases.
Narula said that they have asked the deputy commissioners to do a detailed survey to relocate the polling stations due to the floods. “So far they (deputy commissioners) have indicated that there are only about 99 polling stations that needed to be changed as per their preliminary estimate,” he said. “But we have asked them to do a detailed survey and in case there is any requirement, they will tell us and we will relocate.”