In the wake of the attacks that took place on April 9 at various polling booths in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Election Commission on April 11, has ordered a re-election at 38 polling stations in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency scheduled be held on April 13 from 7 AM to 4 PM. The decision by EC has come days after Srinagar Lok Sabha by-polls saw a large scale violence on April 9. Even the by-election for Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency, which was due on April 12, has been deferred to May 25. The decision to re-schedule the elections was the unprecedented violence in various polling booths which further ended with up lives of eight and left hundreds of them injured. Due to the stiff condition in the state, the voter turnout during the polling was the lowest in 30 years – only 7 per cent.
As per reports, nearly 200 instances of violence were recorded on the voting day as protesters targeted poll booths after a boycott call by the separists parties. The by-elections for assembly and parliamentary seats in Kashmir and eight other states of the country were held on Sunday. Several violence was also reported from Ater, Madhya Pradesh, in which some people were said to be injured. Elections will be held in three more states on April 12. The counting of votes will take place on April 13 and April 15.
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As per Election Commission, the level of violence in Kashmir during the polls included stone throwing and petrol bomb attacks by the mob. Even a poll booth was also set ablaze. Several people killed in places like Budgam’s Charar-e-Sharif, Beerwah, Chadoora and Narbal. After the situation went out of control, the security forces had to open fire at the mob. As per police, These people were attacking the polling station at Dalwan village and had also damaged EVMs to stop polling. Mobs also torched a bus and damaged EVMs at a polling station in Beerwah and in other parts of Budgam.
The stakes are high for the National Conference patriarch Dr Farooq Abdullah who is competing against Nazir Khan from the Peoples’ Democratic Party. As many as nine candidates are in fray for the seat that felt vacant after the resignation of PDP leader Tariq Hameed Karra due to protests following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.