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Most polling stations in Valley hyper-sensitive: govt

india Updated: Apr 02, 2014 20:50 IST
HT Correspondent

Most of the polling stations in Srinagar constituency in the Valley have been declared as "hyper-sensitive".

According to the government, out of a total of 1,546 polling stations being established in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, only 55 have been categorised as normal.

"Out of 1,546 polling stations being established for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, 1,021 have been categorised as hyper-sensitive and 470 as sensitive, while 55 polling stations are categorised as normal, based on security reasons," said returning officer Farooq Ahmad Shah.

Shah issued election notification for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat on Wednesday. The election for the seat is scheduled on April 30.

The constituency, which will have National Conference star candidate and patron Farooq Abdullah seeking re-election, has 11.71 lakh voters. Abdullah is being challenged by senior leader of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and a former minister Tariq Hameed Karra.

"Segment-wise break-up of polling stations is: 804 in Srinagar district, 540 in Badgam and 202 in Ganderbal district," said Shah.

The nomination papers can be filed from April 2 to April 9, and the last date of withdrawal of candidature would be April 12. Polling will be held on April 30 between 7 am to 6 pm, the returning officer said.

In 2009, Farooq defeated his PDP rival Molvi Ifkikhaar Hussain Ansari with a modest margin of 30,242 votes.

Farooq had polled 1,47,035 votes against Ansari's 1,16,793.