Jammu region has more voters than Kashmir valley
25 August 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Contrary to popular belief that majority of the population of Jammu and Kashmir lives in Kashmir valley, the number of voters registered with the Election Commission as on January 1 in Jammu region exceeded that in the valley by nearly 350,000. Of the total electorate of 5,612,149 in the state, Jammu region accounted for 2,892,290 while the valley had 2,546,913 voters. The other 172,946 voters belong to the cold desert of Ladakh region, official statistics provided by the Election Commission showed. Jammu district has the highest number of voters (1,093,203) followed by Srinagar (588,317) while Kargil has the least (86,231) among the 14 districts of the state. Constituency wise, Jammu West has the most number of voters (151,477) while Nobra in Leh district has the least (12,244). Number of eligible voters in other districts was 547,850 in Baramulla, 260,454 in Kupwara, 288,309 in Budgam, 301,333 in Pulwama, 560,650 in Anantnag, 86,715 in Leh, 350,080 in Rajouri, 253,583 in Poonch, 388,519 in Doda, 363,928 in Kathua and 442,977 in Udhampur. EC sources said applications for enrollment into the electoral rolls were still pouring in. Four- phased polls will be held in Jammu and Kashmir over the next two months.