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Sumbal voters surprise everyone in Kashmir
registers 36 percent turnout, political arithmetic works

Kolapora, October 11, (Scoop News)-Unlike the other parts of the valley, the voters turnout for urban local bodies (ULB) elections in Sumbal (Sonawari) has sprung a huge surprise for valleyites. Before 6 am people had begun to assemble enthusiastically outside their respective polling stations.

When total poll percentage in Kashmir valley was 3.4 percent in the second phase with Anantnag registering 1 percent turnout and the capital city having 2.6 percent polling, Sumbal polled nearly 36 percent.
Sumbal Municipal Committee has a total of 13 wards out of which 11 went to polls with 35 contestants in the field. Of these 17 were independent, 11 belonged to Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and 7 to Congress. Two candidates had already been declared elected unopposed.

According to official data, in ward number 11 polling station 820 votes were cast out of 1,082 in ward number 9. Similarly, 699 votes were polled out of 970 votes in ward number 11, 504 votes in ward number 12, 262 votes in ward number 6, 184 votes in ward number 5 and 174 votes in ward number 10.

Again, 5 votes out of 200 were polled in ward number 7, 37 votes in ward number3, 28 votes in ward number 13, 48 votes in ward number 2 and 73 votes in ward number 4.

Interestingly, in one of the wards 786 votes out of 1,510 were women who had come out to use their right of franchise.
They said they didn’t feel intimidated and came out of their own sweet will to cast their votes without any fear. However, they complained about the lack of facilities at the polling stations.

“We have performed our democratic duty. Now we can ask for the facilities like development of area, water, drains, electricity and good roads etc. Our elected councilors will be accountable to us hereafter,” said Manzoor Ahmed, a farmer.

The swell in voters’ turnover was suggested to the efforts and influence of Imran Ansari, a rebel lawmaker of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Yasir Reshi, another rebel lawmaker.

Sumbal area has a large share of Shia population and Ansari family happens to be their spiritual leaders. Reshi, exercises his influence among Sunnis in the area. Both of them, however, work in association with Sajjad Lone of Peoples Conference....
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