The voter turnout in the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency was 13.61% on Tuesday, with Bijbehara, home town of Peoples Democratic Party candidate Mehbooba Mufti, recording just around 2%.
“A total of 71,923 votes were polled out of the 5.27 lakh electorate in the third phase in Kashmir valley,” J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar said.
Once considered bastions of the PDP, the Bijbehara and the Anantnag Assembly segments recorded between 2% and 4% polling. Scores of polling booths registered zero turnout.
None of the six Assembly segments — Anantnag, Dooru, Kokernag, Shangus, Bijbehara and Pahalgam — recorded more than 18% polling.
Ms. Mufti, who voted in the afternoon, said, “This time my father is not with me. I hope the workers of my father will ensure my victory in this election.” She defeated a Congress candidate in the 2014 polls by 12,000 votes when turnout was 39.37%. The Congress has reason to smile, as the party’s strongholds in Dooru (17.28%), Kokernag (16.88%) and Shangus (15.1%) witnessed relatively better turnouts.