300 polling booths draw zero votes in south Kashmir districts » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, ‘deserted polling booths, missing polling agents and scared polling staff — Pulwama and Shopian recorded the lowest turnout in the final phase of the polling’ was the comment of a Srinagar-based English daily on sham Indian parliamentary elections as the two South Kashmir’s districts recorded the lowest voter turnout of less than 3 per cent on Monday.

Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar said the twin districts recorded a voter turnout of 2.81 per cent with 300 out of 695 polling booths seeing no voting in election on the Islamabad’s Lok Sabha seat. 266 polling booths in Pulwama and 37 in Shopian—28 in Shopian assembly segment and 9 in Wachi witnessed zero voting. As per officials, 2.14 percent voting was recorded in Pulwama and at the same time, Shopian district, spread over two assembly segments, saw 2.88%. However, independent sources say that the actual turnout is far less than officially stated 2.81 per cent.

Nine polling booths saw less than seven votes cast in Wachi and 14 booths were such where less than five votes were polled in Shopian. Officials at several polling stations were idling around, while troops maintained a vigil against possible disruption by local youth.

Despite heightened security measures, unknown persons lobbed two grenades and two petrol bombs in the poll-bound districts. Nobody was, however, injured in these incidents.

Fear, coupled with anger and alienation, were the main reasons for people to stay away from polling in the twin districts.

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