Campaigning for the largely "hypersensitive" Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency of Kashmir came to an end this evening with candidates making last minute efforts to woo the voters.
Although there are 15 candidates in the fray for the north Kashmir parliamentary constituency, the contest is seen as a direct fight between ruling National Conference leader and sitting MP Sharief-ud-Din Shariq and opposition PDP stalwart Muzaffar Hussain Baig, former deputy Chief Minister of the state.
The contesting candidates organised 63 elections rallies and roadshows across the constituency spread over three districts of Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara, Returning officer for the constituency Farooq Ahmad Lone told PTI.
He said all the necessary arrangements have been made for smooth, free and fair conduct of the elections.
Lone said the necessary security arrangements have also been put in place to ward off any disruptive elements during the polling.
"Keeping in view law and order situation, we have relocated 61 polling stations from Old Town Baramulla, Sopore town and Palhallan. Permission from the Election Commission was sought in this regard," he said.
The electioneering for Barmalla Lok Sabha seat has been by and large peaceful. There was incident of violence when a militant shot and injured our persons at Sangrama on April 29.
The Baramulla parliamentary constituency comprises 15 assembly seats. Out of these, seven constituencies are currently represented by the NC, while PDP won five seats in the assembly elections held in 2008.