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Three-Phase Polling Fails to Attract Voters in J&K’s Anantnag

In a first-of-its-kind arrangement, Anantnag is voting in three phases.

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In a first-of-its-kind arrangement, Anantnag is voting in three phases.
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The Anantnag constituency of Jammu and Kashmir has as many as 5.30 lakh registered voters, but not a single vote was cast in the first couple of hours after polling started in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections, on Tuesday, 23 April.

Three-Phase Polling Fails to Attract Voters in J&K’s Anantnag
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Even when voting started, the constituency witnessed less than five percent polling in the first four hours, news agency PTI reported.

Three-Phase Polling Fails to Attract Voters in J&K’s Anantnag
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Till 5:30 pm, all seats in Jammu and Kashmir recorded a rather low 12.46 percent voter turnout, according to Election Commission data. Polling at Anantnag ended at 4 pm, instead of the usual 6 pm, following a request by the police.
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The low turnout led National Conference leader Omar Abdullah to urge people to vote and “give anger a voice.”

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Unprecedented Polling Arrangement in Anantnag

Anantnag, which is a hotbed for militant activities, is witnessing unprecedented voting arrangements with the Election Commission conducting polling in the constituency over three phases. Tuesday was the first phase of voting in Anantnag.
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The Election Commission said the schedule was made keeping in mind the security situation in the constituency, which is spread across four districts of terror-hit south Kashmir. More than 300 companies of security forces were deployed for Tuesday's polling.

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Meanwhile, the seat has its own political importance as former J&K Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is among the 18 candidates in fray, in the seat. National Conference’s Hasnain Masoodi is the main contender.

Three-Phase Polling Fails to Attract Voters in J&K’s Anantnag
(Photo: Muneeb ul Islam/The Quint)

(With inputs from PTI)

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