Low turnout marks municipal polls in Indian- administered Kashmir

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - OCTOBER 13: An Indian paramilitary trooper stands alert at a polling station, during the third phase of municipal polls, on October 13, 2018 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. Low voter turnout once again marked the ongoing municipal polls in Indian-administered Kashmir with the two key districts of Srinagar and Anantnag witnessing a mere 1.8 percent and 3.2 per cent of polling respectively. A complete shutdown was observed amid massive deployment of government forces across the region to thwart anti-India protests. Pro-independence groups which have called for a boycott of the polls said that the Indian government instead of going for cosmetic and coercive measures to continue the status quo, should pay heed to the clear message emanating from the rejection of these elections by the people. They want resolution of the dispute once for all and peace for them & people of South Asia, said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, an influential pro-independence leader and cleric, in a tweet. Major pro-India parties like the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party are also boycotting the elections, citing what they term Indian governments attempts to dilute the special status accorded to the region in the Indian Constitution. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA - OCTOBER 13: An Indian paramilitary trooper stands alert at a polling station, during the third phase of municipal polls, on October 13, 2018 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. Low voter turnout once again marked the ongoing municipal polls in Indian-administered Kashmir with the two key districts of Srinagar and Anantnag witnessing a mere 1.8 percent and 3.2 per cent of polling respectively. A complete shutdown was observed amid massive deployment of government forces across the region to thwart anti-India protests. Pro-independence groups which have called for a boycott of the polls said that the Indian government instead of going for cosmetic and coercive measures to continue the status quo, should pay heed to the clear message emanating from the rejection of these elections by the people. They want resolution of the dispute once for all and peace for them & people of South Asia, said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, an influential pro-independence leader and cleric, in a tweet. Major pro-India parties like the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party are also boycotting the elections, citing what they term Indian governments attempts to dilute the special status accorded to the region in the Indian Constitution. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
Low turnout marks municipal polls in Indian- administered Kashmir
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