Massive Voter Turnout Reflects Political Awareness: Spokesperson

26 November 2008

Jammu: A record breaking voter turnout for November 23 polls in four constituencies during second-phase of assembly elections in Rajouri of Jammu and Kashmir has demonstrated the high level of political awareness among the people, an official spokesman said. The polling turnout recorded an increase in the district with voter turnout recording 72.53 per cent this year compared to 43.95 per cent recorded in 2002 assembly polls. The people of the district turned up in huge numbers at their respective polling stations to assert their Constitutional right, which also reflects their high level of political consciousness, the official said. The number of candidates contesting in the constituencies has almost doubled against 2002 assembly polls. Only 33 candidates contested in four constituencies of the district in 2002 assembly elections, of which 14 were from Rajouri assembly constituency, nine from Darhal and five each from Nowshera and Kalakote constituencies, he said. This time, the number of contestants almost doubled with 59 candidates belonging to different political parties as well as independents joining the fray. Of them, 23 were in fray from Rajouri assembly constituency followed by 13 in Kalakote, 12 in Darhal and 11 in Nowshera constituency respectively, the spokesman said. The high level of voter turnout together with steep rise in contestants' number, scores of mega election rallies and meetings during electioneering are healthy parameters of growing political participation and democratic consciousness in the state, the spokesman added.