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10 Apr 2017

Srinagar by-polls marred by violence, 8 dead

The Srinagar Lok Sabha by-polls witnessed violence with 8 people having died after being fired at by the security forces.

At least 2 dozen places across Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam reported stone pelting at the security forces.

The Army was asked to assist in controlling mobs which hurled petrol bombs in Ganderbal.

Over 100 security force personnel were wounded in the clash.

In context

India votes: Low voter-turnout, violence mars 9 constituencies
Srinagar witnesses the lowest voter percentage since the 90s

Voter Turnout

Srinagar witnesses the lowest voter percentage since the 90s

The clashes across Srinagar led to the lowest voter percentage of 6.5%.

This is the lowest ever recorded voter turnout after the onset of militancy since the 1990s inspite of the fact that Srinagar had 13 lakh registered voters.

Ex CM Farooq and Omar Abdullah critiqued the Mehbooba Mufti government for failing to ensure smooth polls.


MP's Ater constituency witnesses sporadic violence

Poling passed peacefully in Madhya Pradesh barring Ater.

At 2 places in Ater BJP and Congress workers clashed and incidents of firing were reported.

6 people were hurt and 1 admitted to a hospital in Gwalior for treatment.

However, the Madhya Pradesh election officials rejected allegations of booth capturing and maintained that the security had been tightened after these incidents of violence.

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Delhi, Karnataka, Rajasthan go to polls

10 Apr 2017

Delhi, Karnataka, Rajasthan go to polls

A total of 77% votes were cast in the by-election to Dholpur Assembly constituency in Rajasthan.

61 booths had been declared critical and some violence was witnessed in this constituency.

Delhi's Rajouri Garden Assembly witnessed 47% polling, and AAP candidate Harjeet Singh accused "confusion" over election date for the weak turnout.

Karnataka recorded a record 80% turnout in Gundlupet and 76% in Nanjangud by-polls.

Rajasthan uses VVPAT machines for the first time

Rajasthan employed the use of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines for the first time in these elections. A vote at VVPAT machine is affirmed after 7 seconds.

10 Apr 2017

How Assam, Himachal, West Bengal and Jharkhand fared?

Congress ruled Himachal Pradesh's Bhoranj (SC) Assembly seat recorded over 63 per cent polling.

Littipara Assembly constituency in Jharkhand recorded almost 68 per cent polling.

Polling in the assembly by-election in Assam's Dhemaji constituency did not witness any violence and recorded 66.97 per cent polling.

A whopping 82 per cent polling was reported in West Bengal's Assembly by-poll in Kanthi Dakshin constituency.

EC defers Anantnag by-elections to 25th May

11 Apr 2017

EC defers Anantnag by-elections to 25th May

Following reports from the J&K administration as well as its Chief Electoral Officer that the Lok Sabha by-poll in Anantnag may be intervened by violent elements, the Election Commission adjourned the same to 25th May.

The by-polls were supposed to be held tomorrow (Wednesday).

On Sunday night, two building schools selected as polling booths were set on fire.

13 Apr 2017

Bypolls: BJP leads in Delhi, Congress follows, AAP trails

Counting of votes is underway for bypolls in 10 assembly constituencies across eight states -Assam, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

As of 10:20 am, the BJP is leading in Delhi, with the Congress at the second, while the AAP trails far behind.

In Karnataka, the Congress is leading after the second round of counting.


Srinagar: Tight security for repoll in 38 stations after violence

Heavy security was deployed for repolls in 38 stations of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, after violence marred polling on April 9.

Section 144 has been imposed in entire Budgam, except where polling is underway.

Micro-observers from central government offices were also deputed for each station, and the polling process videographed.

Eight people died in firing by security forces when violence erupted on April 9.

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