Three-Phase Polling Fails to Attract Voters in J&K’s Anantnag
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.
Even when voting started, the constituency witnessed less than five percent polling in the first four hours, news agency PTI reported.
The low turnout led National Conference leader Omar Abdullah to urge people to vote and “give anger a voice.”
Unprecedented Polling Arrangement in Anantnag
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.
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.
(With inputs from PTI)