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People cast ballots braving winter chill

india Updated: Nov 23, 2008 15:51 IST

Braving extreme cold conditions and ignoring separatists' boycott call, large number of people, especially women and first-time voters, turned up at the polling stations to exercise their franchise in the second phase of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections.

Jana Bibi and Khatiji, both in their 90's, were among the first to cast their ballots at a polling booth in Ganderbal district.

A centenarian Bibi braved the morning chill and cast her vote at 67-Lar (A) polling booth, while physically-challenged Mushtaq Ahmad was among the first to cast his vote in the polling booth.

Women came out in large numbers outnumbering their male counterparts to vote in all the six constituencies that went to polls today.

Brisk polling were reported from all the four segments of Nowshera, Darhal, Rajouri and Kalakote in Rajouri district since morning.

Long queues were seen outside polling stations with electors enthusiastically waiting for their turn to vote.

Eighty-seven-year-old Ahmad Mir was among the first to cast his ballot at Thanamandi-A Polling Station, while Mohammad Khan (95) and Mohammad Bashir (88) exercised their franchise at the Thanamandi-B polling station.

At Kandi in Darhal constituency in Rajouri district, 90-year-old Salamuddin was the first to cast his vote.

Ganderbal Congress Candidate Sheikh Ishfaq Ahmad cast his vote at this polling booth while his PDP rival Qazi Mohammad Afzal cast his vote at 69-Lar polling booth.