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Voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir highest in 35 years

'The voter turnout of 50.86% from the three seats in Kashmir Valley echoes the faith of the people in the democratic process'

Update : 28 May 2024, 10:20 PM

Indian Election Commission said the voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir was the highest in a general election in the last 35 years with the Kashmir Valley witnessing a massive 30 percentage point jump in poll participation compared to 2019.

The 58.5% overall turnout in Jammu and Kashmir, where polling concluded on Saturday, was the highest in 35 years.

While the turnout in Srinagar parliamentary constituency this time rose to 38.5% from 14.4% in 2019, it climbed to 54.9% from 9% in Anantnag-Rajouri seat and to 59.1% from 34.6% in Baramulla seat over the same period.

The 2024 polling percentages were however lower in Jammu region as compared to 2019, showing a slight dip of 0.3 percentage points for Jammu and 1.9 percentage points for Udhampur.

As regards Kashmir Valley, three parliamentary constituencies - Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag-Rajouri - recorded the highest combined turnout of 50.9% in three decades.

Data shared by the Indian Election Commission yesterday put the 2019 combined turnout figure for the three Valley seats at a mere 19.2%, which is 30 percentage points lower than 2024.

The comparison may however not be perfect as the geographical limits of Anantnag had undergone some significant changes during delimitation in 2020-21, with parts of Jammu division’s Rajouri district added to it.

EC yesterday termed the high turnout in Jammu and Kashmir a testament to robust democratic spirit and civil engagement of its people.

“The voter turnout of 50.86% from the three seats in Kashmir Valley echoes the faith of the people in the democratic process,” it said in a statement.

Chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar, while thanking the voters, stated: “This achievement sits on a credible wave of 25% increase in the number of contesting candidates since 2019, C-vigil complaints showing enhanced citizen involvement and Suvidha portal showing 2,455 requests for rallies etc, reflecting the steady retaking of the election and campaign space away from hesitation and to fuller participation.”

EC sought to attribute the high turnout by the younger voters in the age group 18-39 years. This particular age category accounted for 56% of the electorate in Baramulla, 48.6% in Srinagar, 54.4% in Anantnag-Rajouri and 47.7% in Jammu.

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