Jammu & Kashmir

LS polls: In first two hours, 8.89 voter turnout recorded in Anantnag-Rajouri seat

Voting underway in Shopian [FPK Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Anantnag: In the first two hours, voter turnout of 8.89% was reported for the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections for Anantnag-Rajouri seat. The voting began at 7am and the first counting was released at 9am.

Detailed turnout percentages for specific areas within the constituency are: Anantnag 6%, Anantnag West 6.79%, Budhal (ST) 10.81%, DH Pora 9.00%, Devsar 8.11%, Dooru 8.40%, Kokernag (ST) 10.31%, Kulgam 5.31%,  Mendhar 11.10%, Nowshera 12.52%, Pahalgam 10.98%, Poonch Haveli 11.98%, Rajouri (ST) 9.00%,  Shangus-Anantnag East 7.03%, Srigufawara-Bijbehara 6.04%, Surankot (ST) 7.30%, Thanna Mandi (ST) 11.32% and Zainapora 8.35%.

High turnout percentages have been noted in areas such as Nowshera (12.52%), Poonch Haveli (11.98%), and Thanna Mandi (ST) (11.32%), reflecting strong voter engagement. Conversely, Kulgam recorded the lowest turnout at 5.31%.

As the day progresses, voter turnout is expected to increase. Election officials urge all eligible voters to cast their ballots and participate in the democratic process.

A total of 2,338 polling stations were established across the sprawling Anantnag-Rajouri constituency.

Each station will be manned by four election personnel, including the presiding officer, with more than 9,000 polling staff, including reserves, mobilised duty.

Voters: The fate of 20 candidates will be decided by 18.36 lakh voters in the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency. This electorate includes 9,33,647 male voters, 9,02,902 female voters, 27 third-gender voters, approximately 17,967 persons with disabilities, and 540 centenarians.

Geographical Spread: The constituency spans five districts: Kulgam, Anantnag, Poonch, Shopian (Jainanpora), and Rajouri. Notably, 19 border polling stations are located in the districts of Rajouri and Poonch, emphasizing the diverse and strategic nature of the area.

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