April 14, 2017 | By Parmjeet Singh
Srinagar: Merely 709 voters polled at the Sringar-Budgam constituency where re-polls were held on Thursday (April 13). The voter percentage was a meagre 2 per cent and this is the lowest ever polling percentage.
The re-polling Srinagar was conducted by Indian Authorities as the previous polling attempt failed in many areas by pro-freedom protests by Kashmiris.
The Election Commission of India which had been advised by the Central Home ministry not to conduct the polls in Srinagar. As per media reports the Election Commission of India said after the re-poll in Srinagar that although the voter percentage was low, they were happy that it went ahead trouble free.
Notably, pro-freedom Kashmiri group Hurriyat Conference had called for boycott of by-election. Group leader SAS Geelani has said in a written statement that ‘participation in elections tantamount to treason with martyr’s blood’.