SRINGAR: The Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency comprising Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla districts is scheduled to go for polling on May 7 to choose between NC's Sharifudin Shariq, Peoples Conference candidate Salamudin Bajad, PDP senior leader Muzafar Hussain Beigh and Awami Itihaad Party president Engineer Rashid. There are 14 candidates in the fray. Baramulla Lok Sabha seat which is the largest constituency has 11,90766 listed voters. Of them 5,83,753 are in Baramulla, 3,93,400 in Kupwara and 2,11,967 in Bandipora. There are 1616 polling stations amoung which 1091 have been declared as hyper sensitive. Only 80 polling stations have been declared as normal.
The Ladakh constituency has just 160 thousand listed voters, the lowest in the State for any Parliamentary segment. The votes are almost equally divided between the two districts with Leh having 79042 electorates and Kargil 81,319.
Although Ladakh in past had been known for good turnouts, the percentage has been showing the down slide over previous three elections. In 1999, Ladakh had recorded 81.88 per cent voting, which came down to 73.52 per cent in 2004 and 71.86 per cent in 2009.
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