Kashmir Has Highest Electorate In JK

Kashmir Has Highest Electorate In JK

3 February 2014
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Srinagar: Kashmir has the highest number of electorate among all the three regions of the state, the latest summary revision of the electoral rolls carried out by the Election Commission of India (ECI) has revealed. Of the state’s 69 lakh voters, Kashmir’s electoral strength is 36 lakh despite the fact that people in the region, especially in cities and towns, would show lukewarm response to enlist themselves in the electoral rolls. The total electoral population of J&K comprising of six Lok Sabha seats and 87 Assembly segments is 6933118. Of them 3657877 are males while as 3275241 are females. In Kashmir, the total number of electorate has reached 3596796. Of them, North, South and Central Kashmir respectively constitute 1152956, 1171752 and 1272088 voters. In North Kashmir, Baramulla with 565897 voters leads the list followed by Kupwara and Bandipora respectively with 378987 and 208072 electorates. In Central Kashmir, Srinagar tops the electoral population with 591977 voters followed by Budgam with 428799 voters and Ganderbal with 150976 electorates. The south Kashmir’s Islamabad (Anantnag) district has total electoral population of 475767, followed by Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian with 322089, 320444 and 153788 voters. In Jammu, the total electoral population is 3176373. West Pakistan Refugees, who reside in several pockets of the region, can cast their votes in Parliament polls but are ineligible to do same in Assembly polls on account of being non-state subjects. Ladakh region comprising twin districts of Leh and Kargil with four assembly seats has just 159949 voters. Of the 6 Lok Sabha seats of the State, three are in Kashmir, two in Jammu and one in Ladakh region. The final electoral rolls were published by ECI on January 31, 2014 after beginning the hectic exercise of summary revision on September 25, 2013. At least 61 Election Returning Officers and 9460 Booth Level Officers were engaged to conduct the exercise. In 2009 general elections, National Conference-Congress coalition bagged five seats while the Ladakh seat went to Ghulam Hassan Khan (independent). Khan was apparently backed by NC against the official candidate of the alliance. Baramulla, Srinagar and Islamabad LS seats were respectively bagged by NC candidates Sharifuddin Shariq, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Dr Mehboob Beg. Udhampur-Kathua and Jammu-Poonch parliamentary seats were won by Congress candidates - Lal Singh and Madan Lal Sharma. The ECI is all set to hold Lok Sabha elections starting mid-April and spread it over at least five phases till early May. The much-awaited announcement for the polls is likely to be made by the end of February or early March 2014.