Polling ends in Jammu and Baramulla constituencies, over 54 per cent voter turnout recorded

Srinagar: Polling in Jammu and Baramulla Lok Sabha seats of Jammu and Kashmir ended on Thursday amid tension and protests resulting in killing of a civilian.

There were complaints of EVM malfunction and an allegation of misconduct by armed forces at a polling station.

Poll officials said the final voting figures in both the constituencies were being compiled and would be announced by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shailendra Kumar at a press conference in Jammu.

Till 5 pm over 54 per cent voting was recorded in both the constituencies.

The Jammu district recorded 69.7 percent voter turnout, Samba 73.8, Rajouri 65.7 and Poonch 68 per cent till 5 pm, the officials said.

Baramula recorded 22.3 per cent turnout, Kupwara 47.7 and Bandipora 30.1 till 3pm, they said.

National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) told poll officials that a voter was beaten up by armed forces personnel deployed in a polling station in Poonch district after the voter refused to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

A video showing voters protesting outside the polling station against the high-handedness of the security man was posted by PDP President and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on her Twitter page.

In another incident, the Congress said the party’s EVM button was not working in a polling station in Poonch district. It has lodged a complaint with poll officials.

In Palhalan area of Baramulla Lok Sabha seat, a woman was injured when some youth pelted stones to disrupt polling in the area.

Police immediately intervened and brought the situation under control. The injured woman was shifted to Srinagar for treatment.

Polling started in Jammu and Baramulla at 7 a.m. While queues of enthusiastic voters were seen in rural and border areas of Jammu Lok Sabha seat, polling was relatively muted in Baramulla.

Counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.


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