J&K to vote for six seats tomorrow
Nearly 4.94 lakh voters will be eligible to cast their votes at 530 polling booths in Ganderbal, Kangan, Nowshera, Darhal, Rajouri and Kalakote.india Updated: Nov 22, 2008 11:37 IST
The electoral fortunes of 81 candidates, including NC's chief ministerial nominee Omar Abdullah and former PDP minister Qazi Mohammad Afzal, will be decided tomorrow when six seats in Jammu and Kashmir go to polls in the second phase amid tight security.
Nearly 4.94 lakh voters will be eligible to cast their votes at 530 polling booths in Ganderbal, Kangan, Nowshera, Darhal, Rajouri and Kalakote.
Security forces have taken position well in advance in and around the polling stations to instill confidence among the voters and foil possible attempts by militants to disrupt the polls, official sources said.
Nearly half of the 530 polling stations have been described as 'hyper sensitive' while the rest have been named under 'sensitive' category.
The centre of attraction will be Ganderbal where Abdullah is locked in a triangular contest with Afzal and Sheikh Ishfaq Ahmad of Congress though there are 9 others in the fray. Afzal had defeated Omar in 2002.
Mian Altaf Ahmed of the NC is seeking a fourth straight victory from Kangan constituency.
The fate of Ghulam Ahmad Rather (Cong), Radhay Sham Sharma (NC), Romesh Chander Sharma (Cong), NC rebels Choudhary Talib Hussain and Mohammad Sharief Tariq and Congress rebel Ashok Kumar Sharma will also be decided tomorrow.
Two women candidates Sheraz Begum (BSP) and Mohinder Kour (Independent) are also trying their luck.
Ten constituencies spread over four districts went to polls in the first phase on November 17.