Poll boycott posters in Sopore

Baramulla:  In wake of threats posed to them from pro-boycott elements, the voters in restive Sopore, Sangrama, Baramulla and Pattan constituencies have requested election officers that the indelible ink should not be applied on fingers after they exercise their franchise.

The sensitive and restive constituencies including Baramulla, Sangrama, Sopore and Pattan will go to polls in the third phase on December 9.

Reliable sources told CNS that voters mostly middle aged and old have requested district election officer and other officials of Election Commission for the exemption.

Some voters from these restive constituencies said they are ready to brave the threats to cast their votes if the indelible ink is not applied on their fingers. An official told CNS that they have proposed not to make indelible ink mandatory in constituencies of their district after voters urged them in this connection. Well-placed sources said that a proposal in this regard has been forwarded by District Election Officer to the Election Commission for consideration. However, District Election Officer Baramulla Farooq Ahmed Lone told CNS that indelible ink is part of polling process that puts a check on bogus voting. He added that the district administration will ensure safety of the voters.

Pertinently, people who cast their vote in North Kashmir during Parliament elections this year were hounded, searched and stripped by groups of masked youth at various places.

Meanwhile, militant outfits like Jamiat-ul-Mujhadeen and Al-Shohda Brigade have allegedly put up posters at different places in restive Sopore town and have asked people to refrain from poll process. Number of posters has appeared in Batapora and main Chowk of the town which read that an attempt on part of a person to cast vote is a move to disgrace ongoing freedom struggle in Kashmir. 

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