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Low Turnout But Landslide Win for Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar By-Election

Counting of votes for Srinagar-Budgam Parliamentary by-election began at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

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Updated:April 15, 2017, 5:33 PM IST
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Low Turnout But Landslide Win for Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar By-Election
In this file photo, National Conference President and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah (left) is seen with son Omar Abdullah. (Photo: PTI)

Srinagar: National Conference President and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabha by-election with a landslide margin on Saturday.

Abdullah polled 35,470 out of the total 62,905 votes while PDP rival Nazir Ahmad Khan polled 24,879 votes.

The counting of votes began at 8 a.m. Voting was held on April 9, wherein only seven per cent voters turned out to exercise their franchise.

State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shantmanu who visited the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar on Friday, where the counting is scheduled, said counting of votes would begin simultaneously in Jammu, Udhampur and New Delhi where Kashmiri migrants had voted.

Media was not allowed to enter the counting hall; authorities did not share info with journalists waiting at the counting centre.

Voting in the by-election was held on April 9. Only seven percent voters turned out to exercise their franchise.

Eight civilian protesters were killed in clashes with the security forces on April 9. Separatists had called for a boycott of these polls.

(With IANS Inputs)

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