Amid tight security measures, Srinagar Lok Sabha seat witnessed 5.52% voting till 9am on Wednesday, in the fourth phase of elections in the state to decide the fate of 12 candidates.
While Srinagar district was yet to warm up to pollling, people were linning up outside booths in
Budgam and Ganderbal districts since early in the morning.
Big names in the fray in Srinagar parliamentary constituency, which is spread over three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, include National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tariq Hameed Karra.
Abdullah, whose National Conference has won the seat every time barring 1971 and 1996 when it did not contest the polls, is seeking re-election from the constituency.
The Union minister is pitted against 11 others, the most formidable among them being former state finance minister Karra.
The Srinagar Lok Sabha seat has 12.31 lakh voters including 5.72 lakh women who are eligible to cast their votes at 1546 polling stations.
Of the 1546 polling stations, only 3.5% have been declared as normal.
According to security agencies, 1,021 polling stations have been declared as hypersensitive and 470 as sensitive.
Eighteen polling stations have been set up for migrant voters of the Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi. While 13 polling stations have been set up in Jammu, one has been set up in Udhampur and four in Delhi to facilitate the migrant Kashmiri Pandits to exercise their franchise.
The Srinagar parliamentary constituency has registered a low voter turnout ever since the eruption of militancy in the state in 1990.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the turnout was only 25.55% while in the preceding election, it was a dismal 18%.
The campaigning for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat was largely peaceful. Security forces have, however, to beefed up security to avoid any untoward incident after rumours of blasts near NC rallies.
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