The voting for the parliamentary seat took place on Thursday, for the second time and only 2% voters appeared to vote. Only 702 of 35,169 people voted; counting will take place today. It was the lowest recorded number in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.
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According to a report in Ndtv, There are nine candidates contesting for the seat, but it is a direct contest between former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and the ruling People’s Democratic Party’s Nazir Ahmed Khan. Mr Abdullah, 79, had lost the seat to PDP’s Tariq Hameed Karra in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The seat fell vacant after Mr Karra resigned from the PDP and the Lok Sabha – he eventually joined the Congress which entered in a pre-poll alliance with the National Conference.
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The by polls started with great amount of violence, as 8 people were reported dead and over a hundred were injured during the police firing after the clashes with protesters, on April 9th.
Out of the 9 candidates for the Srinagar Constituency , 5 had pulled out as they wanted the voting to be delayed, they felt the current situation of unrest will not allow fair elections to take place.
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