After 7 per cent on Sunday, Srinagar repoll sees 2 per cent turnout, worst ever in Jammu and Kashmir

The 2 per cent voting turnout in the Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabha constituency is the lowest in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.

Re-polling in the Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir saw a turnout of only 2 per cent today, a new low in Jammu and Kashmir following the 7 per cent voting on Sunday.

Only 702 of the 35,169 voters voted at the 38 polling stations. "About 2.02 per cent voting has been recorded," an Election Commission official told IANS. Repolling was ordered at these polling stations by the Election Commission following large scale violence during Sunday's polls for the prestigious seat.

In the violence during Sunday's voting, 8 people were killed in firing by security forces. The constituency recorded a mere 7 per cent voter turnout on Sunday, lowest in 30 years. Five candidates had already pulled out of the election after the Sunday violence.

Today, there was just one incident of stone-pelting by youths, officials said. There was an altercation between opposition National Congress and ruling PDP workers at Badran in Beerwah area over allegations of bogus voting, the officials said. The issue was later resolved with the intervention of the polling staff and security personnel posted on duty there.

Heavy security was put in place to ensure smooth polling in the constituency. The district administration had imposed restrictions under Section 144 of CrPc in the Budgam district, except in the areas where polling was underway. Three companies - two CRPF and one J-K Police were deployed at each polling station. Each polling station has at least one security bunker.

The bypoll result will be declared on April 15.

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