Srinagar by-election: Only 2.02% voter turnout recorded after repolling in Kashmir

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Srinagar by-election: Only 2.02% voter turnout recorded after repolling in Kashmir

Only 344 voters of the 34,169 eligible persons cast their votes across all polling stations of Srinagar for Lok Sabha constituency till 10 AM, on Thursday.

Officials following the violence ordered re-polling in Budgam district, part of Srinagar parliamentary constituency.

As compared to Sunday's polls, the by-polls were largely peaceful.

Nine candidates, including National Conference stalwart Farooq Abdullah and ruling People Democratic Partty's Nazir Ahmad Khan are in the fray.

The entire polling process was videographed at all booths on Thursday.

The deaths occurred when security forces fired after clashes broke out with protesters who wanted to stop the election for the Srinagar parliamentary constituency. They said that youth threw stones on the withdrawing forces, triggering clashes, which were going on till late in the evening.

However, unprecedented security arrangements have been made by the authorities this time to ensure violence free re-polling. "Whenever an election takes place, 100-200 polling booths see zero voter turnout", he said.

Re-poll was ordered in 38 polling stations of Chadoora, Chrar-e-Sharief, Khansahib and Beerwah tehsils of Budgam district where violence had disrupted the process on Sunday. However, late in the evening State Police chief SP Vaid said that the Internet services would be restored across Kashmir tonight.

Meanwhile, the train services continued to remain suspended for the third consecutive day today thereby leaving the passengers to suffer.

In view of the violence of summer 2016, the PDP had requested the EC to hold the bypolls in Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats after the municipal polls, a party spokesperson told the TOI.

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