Protests Mark Polling By Kashmiri Pandits For Anantnag LS-Seat In Jammu  

JAMMU — Migrant Kashmiri Pandits staged demonstration outside a special polling station here Tuesday after some of them found their names missing from the voters list during the first phase of the three-phased poling in the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat. 

However, Assistant Returning Officer Pankaj Anand said the election office has made sure that no voter, who has filled the M-form, is left out as over 4,000 electorates including 1826 women cast their ballots at the designated polling centres in Jammu. 

The polling in the south Kashmir constituency, spread over four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama covering 16 assembly segments, is being held in three phases with the second phase scheduled to take place on April 29 followed by the final phase on May 6. 

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and state Congress chief G A Mir are among 18 candidates whose fate would be decided by the polling in the constituency which has a large number of registered migrant voters.

The Election Commission set up 21 special polling stations for Kashmiri Pandit migrant voters in Jammu, one in Udhampur and four in Delhi to ensure their participation in the democratic exercise. 

Dozens of KPs held noisy protest outside one of the polling station at Jagati camp in the outskirts of Jammu after some of them claimed their names were missing from the voter list.

“We have completed the cumbersome formalities like filing of M-form to exercise our right to franchise but left dejected on finding our names missing,” said Sunil Pandita, one of the protesters.

The protesters threatened boycott of upcoming assembly polls if the election commission continues with the present formalities.

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