April 30, 2009 7:47:45 pm
Unfazed by the poll boycott call by separatists,nearly 26 per cent of the 11.65 lakh electorate cast their votes in this parliamentary constituency in Thursday’s polling which was marked by stray incidents of violence.
“Between 25.5 to 26 per cent polling was recorded in the Anantnag parliamentary constituency,” State’s Chief electoral officer B R Sharma told reporters in Anantnag.
He said the poll percentage was much better than 15.04 per cent registered in the constituency in 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
Barring a few incidents of clashes,the polling had been peaceful in the constituency,he said.
Six persons were injured in clashes between the supporters of ruling National Conference and opposition Peoples Democratic Party which broke out at several places in this constituency,including Watihal-Qazigund and Laren-Ganjipora in Mattan.
“If we go by general trend throughout the country,there is decline in poll percentage in Lok Sabha polls. We are following the national trend,” he said in reply to queries about low turnout this time as compared to Assembly elections held last year when around 73 per cent electorate cast their votes.
Similar trends were witnessed in Jammu and Udhampur constituencies where polling took place on April 16 and 23 respectively. While 49 per cent turnout was recorded in Jammu,45 per cent voting was witnessed in Udhampur,the CEO said.
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