National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah beat PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan in the bypoll to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat that recorded mere 7.13% polling, including the 2% turnout at 38 polling stations where re-polling was ordered following clashes between security forces and locals leading to death of eight people.
The turnout was the lowest percentage in the state’s history, election officials said.
Here are the highlights of the counting day:
3.40pm: National Conference president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday won the bypoll to the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat, beating his PDP rival Nazir Ahmad Khan.
3.30pm: Farooq Abdullah takes an unassailable lead of 10,208 votes. Official announcement expected soon.
3pm: Farooq Abdullah was leading by 9,633 votes over his nearest rival after the 17th round of counting.
2.25pm: Abdullah polls 35539 against Nazir’s 24931. Nota has received 667 of the total 63026 votes counted so far.
1.50pm: With 31930 votes in kitty so far, Farooq Abdullah maintains lead of 10,000 against PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan (22302).
12.05pm: PDP’s Farooq Abdullah (29839) extends his lead by 9700 votes against Nazir Ahmad (20134).
11.30am: Abdullah (24111) is far ahead of PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan (18582) as the counting for bypolls is underway.
10.45am: National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah (18970) widens lead margin over PDP candidate (13899).
10.20am: Of the votes counted so far, Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference (13648) leading PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan (11617).
9.47am: Total votes counted so far is 13798; Farooq Abdullah gets 7,478 while Nazir Ahmad Khan gets 5,086.
9.45am: The lead margin of National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah increases to 2,000 over PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan.
9.35am:Journalists are not allowed to enter the counting hall. Authorities are not sharing info with journalists waiting at the counting centre.
9.15am: National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah leading by 986 votes over PDP’s Nazir Khan.
9.09am: Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference has polled 3,990 while PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan has got 2,857 so far. Total votes counted so far is 7,272.
8am: Counting begins for the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll.
7.51am: Election Commission is all set begin counting of votes in the violence-hit Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll.
Violence in polls
On Sunday, eight people were killed and over 100 security personnel were injured after mobs took to the streets at different places across the Lok Sabha constituency straddling Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts.
The mobs even set ablaze a polling station and attempting to set afire two others.
Alarmed by the unprecedented violence, the Election Commission decided to defer the south Kashmir Anantnag Parliamentary seat by-poll to May 25. Voting in the constituency was otherwise scheduled for April 12.
(With agency inputs)