Due to the freezing temperature and foggy weather conditions, voting started slow note in 15 assembly constituencies. In Nubra, Leh, Kargil and Zanskar constituencies of Ladakh region, the morning temperature was several notches below the freezing point. Merely one or two voters turned up in Gurez. Doda, Bhaderwah , Kishtwar, Inderwal, Ramban and Banihal constituencies also observed the early voter turnout as low due to the cold weather conditions. Voting started peacefully as per the officials in all the 15 constituencies.
“Voting process was slow in the morning, but it is likely to pick up as the day warms up,” an official said. Young voters queued up at the Hariganimen polling booth of the Kangan constituency in Ganderbal district, most of them probably were first—time voters. The total number of registered voters at this booth are 642 — 335 males and 307 females — of which around 50 votes had been cast by 8.30 a.m. Mamina, a 20—year told, “I will vote for somebody who will vote for development of this backward area.” After the initial hour, as the sun came up in the clear sky, more voters turned up in places such as Mamarcherman, Kangan and Margund towns. While six constituencies in Jammu division will vote to elect their representatives, electorate in five segments in Kashmir and four in Ladakh will decide the political fortunes of the aspirants in the polling. The Assembly segments going to polls include Kishtwar, Inderwal, Doda, Bhaderwah, Ramban and Banihal (in Jammu division); Gurez, Bandipora, Sonawari, Kangan and Ganderbal (in Kashmir), Nobra, Leh, Kargil and Zanskar (in Ladakh). A total of 10,502,50 voters, including 5,49,698 males and 5,00,539 females, besides 13 transgenders are eligible to exercise their right to franchise in the first phase of the polls.