Baramulla Lok Sabha seat records all-time high voter turnout, claims ECI

The previous highest voter turnout in the Lok Sabha constituency was seen in 1984

A polling booth at Singhpora in Pattan, Baramulla (photo: by special arrangement)
A polling booth at Singhpora in Pattan, Baramulla (photo: by special arrangement)


Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, which was once militancy-infested, recorded its highest-ever voter turnout on Monday at 59 per cent on a violence-free polling day according to Election Commission of India data, the Union territory's chief electoral officer P.K. Pole said in Srinagar.

He also said the Sopore Assembly segment of the parliamentary constituency witnessed a healthy turnout of 44 per cent after recording single-digit polling percentages in the past couple of decades.

"The Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency witnessed a record voter turnout since parliamentary polls were first held here in 1967," Pole told reporters at the end of polling.

The previous highest voter turnout in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency was reportedly recorded in 1984 at 58.90 per cent. This year, it was 59 per cent, Pole said.

The official said the figures were likely to undergo an "upward revision" as there were voters still awaiting their turn at some polling stations after the stipulated 6.00 pm deadline.

Besides the highest voter turnout, Pole said the constituency created another record by having a zero-violence polling day. "The people have proved that they have faith in democracy and they can achieve sustainable development only through voting," he added.

Pole claimed there were attempts by terrorists a couple of days back "to vitiate the atmosphere" by carrying out attacks, but those incidents had no impact on voter turnout.

The constituency has 17,37,865 registered voters and there are 22 candidates in the fray.

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Published: 20 May 2024, 9:21 PM