Record turnout in J&K elections shifts focus to June 4 vote Counting

Ishtiyaq Kar

Srinagar, May 28 (KNS): Following the record turnout in the parliamentary elections across the five constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir, attention is now on the preparations for the vote counting scheduled for June 4.

The election authorities said that all security measures are in place to ensure a smooth counting process.

In Srinagar, the counting will take place at SKICC-Centaur, where stringent surveillance and security measures have been implemented.

The technical setup in the counting halls have been meticulously organized to guarantee transparency, accuracy, and prompt announcement of results.

The counting process will be executed as per the Election Commission’s guidelines under video recording.

The EVMs are currently secured under a three-layer security cordon in strong rooms at SKICC-Centaur, following the completion of voting for the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on May 13.

Similarly, the counting for Anantnag constituency's 11 segments will be conducted at the Government Degree College, Anantnag.
For the Baramulla constituency, the counting center and strong rooms have been established.

Officials affirmed that the district administration has diligently implemented all necessary measures in compliance with the guidelines of the Election Commission of India.Click Here To Follow Our WhatsApp Channel

CEO Pandurang K Pole assured that all arrangements across the union territory are in place. “The counting halls have been established, and the strong rooms are ready. Any pending tasks are being completed,” Pole confirmed.

The authorities are optimistic as the polls in the Anantnag-Rajouri seat concluded on Saturday with a record voter turnout, mirroring the earlier phases. In the five-phase election, Baramulla recorded 59.10% voter turnout, Anantnag-Rajouri saw 53%, and Srinagar received 39% votes. In the Jammu division, Udhampur witnessed 68.27% turnout, and Jammu saw a significant 72.22% voting.
Three-tier security arrangements will be enforced at all counting centers, which will determine the fate of the parliamentary candidates on June 4. “A three-tier security cordon will be in place at the counting centers,” the authorities stated.

To prevent any untoward incidents, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr. P.C. are likely to be enforced at the counting centers.

The outcome of the Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir is being keenly watched, as it is considered a “semi-final” before the Assembly polls.(KNS) 

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