In Budgam, even polling agents ‘boycott’

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
April 14, 2017 TOP STORIES 344 Views
In Budgam, even polling agents ‘boycott’

Polling agents of candidates contesting Srinagar Parliamentary constituency bypoll, were missing today in 38 polling stations, where re-poll was ordered following violence that left eight people dead on poll day on April 9.
Apprehending trouble following violence on April 9, polling agents this time are missing.
However, poll staff was present in these polling stations though very less number of voters had come out so far. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and president of opposition National Conference (NC) Dr Abdullah and ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nominee Nazir Ahmad Khan were among nine candidates seeking mandate from the constituency.
Re-poll was ordered in these polling stations following violence on April 9 that left eight people dead and over 100 injured in security force and police action. About 150 security personnel were also injured in stone pelting.
However, unprecedented security arrangements have been made by the authorities this time to ensure violence free re-polling.
The District Magistrate (DM) Badgam has imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in the entire district, barring in areas where repoll will be held.

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