Deserted View of Qaimoh Polling Station. Photo Courtesy: Kamran Yousuf
Under the shadow of the heavy deployment of forces and boycott called by pro-freedom leaders, phase IV of Lok Sabha elections was concluded in Jammu and Kashmir with 10.9% total turnout on April 29, 2019. Kulgam district observed a complete shutdown during the polls.
At least 25 polling booths didn’t cross one digit mark during the whole phase. Four youths were injured soon after forces allegedly used live ammunition and pellets to disperse the protesters when polling was underway in Kujar in Kulgam district for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.
Clashes were reported in Qaimoh, Kulgam as well, where only 23 votes were cast. While speaking to NewsClick, a political worker of the Indian National Congress, wishing anonymity, said that many voters did not turn up because of the clashes.
The total percentage of votes cast between 7 am and 4 pm in Kulgam district was 10.9.
On April 23, third phase of Lok Sabha polls ook place in Anantnag district, on May 6, fourth and final phase of elections will take place in Shopian and Pulwama districts.