Srinagar Lok Sabha seat records 38% voting, highest ever since eruption of militancy: CEO Pole

>No polling station recorded zero percent polling

> No law & order incident reported, day passed off peacefully
>  People have realised power of ballot, futility of boycott politics

Srinagar: Buoyed by the massive participation of people in the democratic process, Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) P K Pole, Monday said that Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency recorded a 37.99% voting, a figure highest ever since the eruption of militancy in 1989.

“I am glad to announce that Srinagar parliamentary constituency today recorded highest ever voting per centage of over 38 per cent. This is the highest figure since the eruption of militancy in 1989,” Pole said addressing a press conference adding that the figure was likely to go up as data was pouring in from districts. The official app of the J&K administration also confirmed the voting per cent of 38.3 per cent in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency at 10 pm.
Pole said that there was a great enthusiasm among the voters and the polling took place in a peaceful atmosphere. “There was no polling station that witnessed zero per cent polling. No law-and-order incident was reported any where,” he said, adding that not even a single polling booth witnessed zero percent polling in Srinagar parliamentary constituency.
“People voted in large numbers here. We are thankful to each and every person involved in making this democratic process a success,” said Pole.

Highlighting the logistics involved, Pole mentioned that there were 2135 polling stations across 18 assembly segments. Over 8500 civil employees, along with police and CRPF personnel, double that number, worked tirelessly over the past two days to ensure the smooth conduct of the polls.

“We had special arrangements in place for females and aged persons, with every polling station under CCTV surveillance,” he added.

Regarding youth participation, Pole stated that there were 2 lakh registered youth voters, and 26 special polling stations were set up for migrants, with over 6,000 migrant voters casting their ballots, contributing to a tentative poll percentage of 36 percent among migrant voters.

Pole also addressed preventive measures, emphasizing the overall peaceful conduct of the polls. “Preventive measures were taken only in cases where individuals had a criminal background or anti—national history, ensuring that polling stations remained incident-free,” he clarified.

Pole added that Srinagar recorded the lowest EVM replacement rate at 0.1 percent, while Jammu reported the highest at 3 percent. To query about absence of boycott call, Pole said that people have realised the benefits of using the ballot and futility of boycott.


Sr. no Year Srinagar PC
1 2019 14.43
2 2014 25.86
3 2009 25.55
4 2004 18.57
5 1999 11.93
6 1998 30.06
7 1996 40.94
8 1991 No election held, due to turmoil
9 1989 uncontested

At the time of Close of Poll tentative voter turnout Assembly Segment wise in the 2-Srinagar PC is as under:

Sr No Assembly segment Close of Poll


1 Kangan 58.80 %
2 Ganderbal 49.48 %
3 Hazaratbal 28.28 %
4 Khanyar 24.24 %
5 Habbakadal 14.05 %
6 Lal Chowk 27.33 %
7 Channapora 22.97 %
8 Zadibal 29.41 %
9 Eidgah 26.81 %
10 Central Shalteng 26.43 %
11 Khansahib 50.35 %
12 Charar-e-sharib 56.00 %
13 Chadoora 49.10 %
14 Pampore 38.01 %
15 Tral 40.29 %
16 Pulwama 43.39 %
17 Rajpora 45.79 %
18 Shopian 47.88 %
Total Poll on Polling Station 37.99 %
Total Migrant Special PS Polling 39.09 %
Total Postal Votes received (Absentee, VFC and receive ETPBMS till date) votes 2832


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