13 Lakh More Votes Polled This Year Compared To Last Year

25 December 2008
The Hindu


Jammu: Giving a jolt to separatists, who gave poll boycott call, over 13 lakh more electors cast their vote in the ongoing Jammu and Kashmir assembly election as compared to 2002 polls, as the state witnessed heavy voter turn-out this year. As many as 39,34,678 voters out of the total electorate of 65,37,821 defied the boycott call and exercised their right to franchise in all seven phases of the state elections for the 87-seat Assembly, election department said. In 2002 assembly elections, 26,39,273 voters of 61,65,294 electorate cast their votes. 'In all 13,01,716 more votes were polled in the ongoing elections as compared to 2002,' they said. In Srinagar city, considered to be the stronghold of separatist group, 1,11,456 votes were polled in all eight segments which is 400 per cent higher than 30,647 votes registered in 2002, the department said. 'People of Jammu and Kashmir have voted against separatism and poll boycott and the separatist have been pushed to wall, particularly in the Valley as people voted for basic amenities of life and good governance,' Surinder Amberdar, a political analyst said. According to election department data in the first phase of polling for 10 constituencies held on November 17, 1,25,419 more votes were polled. While 4,08,136 votes were polled this year, 2,82,717 electors exercised their franchise in 2002. Anantnag constituency which had 7.16 per cent polling in 2002, witnessed 41.32 per cent voter turnout in the sixth phase of the elections this year.