ELECTION TALK: Phase 2 polling ends for Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Elections 2014
Phase 2 of the General Assembly Elections Jammu and Kashmir beginning in a stumbled manner, took on a faster pace, as the day passed by. Over 71% voter turnout recorded in J&K for Phase 2 with Reasi registering the highest 80% voter turnout, Udhampur-76%, Poonch- 75% and Kupwara and Kulgam -68% and 60% respectively.
With only few constituencies like Udhampur, Chenani and Ramnagar constituencies of Jammu region observed brisk polling, recording nearly 41% in Ramnagar and 37% in Chenani by 3 PM. Kupwara on the other hand recorded 54% polling till 2:30 PM. The total number of registered votes were 943 and nearly 511 casted including 260 female voters in Kupwara. On the other hand some other regions observed total boycott in some polling stations, in contrast to the polling registered in Phase 1, which had set high hopes for the next four phases. Bugam observed total boycott at one polling station and not even a single vote was casted. Some areas of Kulgam after observing zero polling, narrowing down the matter to complete boycott, even observed clashes between people around 2 30 PM and protest was undergone in Kunan-Poshpara of Kupwara. Arampora village of Handwara registered nearly 53% polling till 1 PM- with nearly 445 votes casted out of 827. Kupwara, as well, observed a high rate of voting-by 2 PM nearly 554 votes were casted out of 1297 number of total votes. The highest in the wee hours of the Election Day was registered in Gool Arnas-44%, Gulabgarh- 42.34% and Reasi-42% till 12 noon. Handwara, seeking special attention observed 30% voting till 12 PM. Gool Arnas recorded the maximum polling by 2 PM-66% and Kulgam registered the least polling till 2 PM- 40%.
Even as the day saw complete boycotts at a few locations, occurrences of protests and skirmishes, the overall result has been the same as Phase 1. This is a positive beginning to the Assembly Elections in the State, inspite of the killing of a Sarpanch, bombings and militant attacks in various parts. The spirits of the people stayed unshaken and a 71 percent turnout shows the general proclivity towards the process of DEMOCRACY.