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Women turn up in large numbers in Doda district

Voters in Doda, especially those belonging to fairer sex participated enthusiastically in the electoral process on Monday.

india Updated: May 10, 2004 21:50 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Despite several blasts and incidents of firing by militants in the run up to the elections in the hilly district of Doda, voters especially those belonging to the fairer sex participated enthusiastically in the electoral process.

In Doda town where special polling stations had been set up for women, a large number of them turned out to exercise their franchise and told reporters that they are voting to ensure peace in the state and development in their district.

However, a large number of voters boycotted polls at Shreekhi polling station in Bhaderwah town of Doda district.

A number of aged people enthusiastically cast their ballot in the Lok Sabha constituency.

Reports from Udhampur district said a 95-year blind man Faqir Chand was assisted by polling staff in exercising his franchise at a polling station in Reasi town.

107-year old Sant Ram of village Tote-Sare in Reasi tehsil of Udhampur district was one of the oldest person of the area who exercise his right of franchise today. His grandson escorted him to the polling station.

Similarly, a 105-year voter, Abdu, assisted by his relatives cast his vote at Trangi polling station in Kishtwar town of Doda district.

Another Abdul Khalid, 125-year old, cast his vote at polling station in Banihal. He was also escorted to the polling station by his grandchildren to enable him to exercise his right of franchise.

Reports from Ladakh constituency said that one 90-year old, Sonam Morup, cast his vote at Khaltsi polling station in Leh assembly segment.

Presiding officer of Zangsti polling station in Leh, S K Sharma said there was slight confusion among voters about using the newly inroduced voting machines.

Some voters at this polling station also complained about polling staff taking too much time in verifying voters.

A social activist in Leh, Rinchen Wangchuk, said he had to wait for hours before he could cast his vote at government girls high school since morning.