Srinagar: Many candidates contesting first-of-its-kind DDC elections in south-Kashmir’s Kulgam district are aggrieved over designation of various polling booths at far-off places for various constituencies.
Contestestants from Kulgam (B) Ghulam Mohammed Lone belonging to Mohammed Yousaf Tarigami’s led CPI(M) said that the district administration has suprisingly selected the polling booth of Halqa Checkpora at Middle School Brazloo which is inconvenient for the villages including Checkpora, Bamdoora and Kantchowe.
The old-aged voters especially from villages Kantchowe and Bamdoora, as per the candidate, can not poll their votes as they have to travel some three kilometers while those belonging to Checkpora will have to traverse almost a kilometres in this bone-chilling cold.
Urging the District administration to shift back the polling booths to the venues earlier used in Assembly and Parliamentary elections, the candidate said that “We request the authorities that the polling staff and the forces be shifted from Brazaloo to central location Checkpora for convenience of general voters and old-aged people alike.”
“We hope that the plea be entertained on a priority basis as the segment is going for polls on December 7”, he added.
Meanwhile a female candidate contesting from Kulgam (A) segment made similar claims and said that the District Administration has without any prior notice or genuine cause designated the polling booths at far-off places, which according to her “won’t be feasible for the voters to go.”
“Tazipora Mohmmed Pora Panchayat Halqa has 2626 votes however we were taken aback after knowing that the polling booths has been designated at another Panchayat Halqa Arreh”, she said adding that “The venue is three kilometers away and as such would impede the overall turnout in the constituency.”
Claiming that another polling booth at Chellan Halqa is out of bounds for around six hundred voters of Paniepora and Kutbal, the candidate demanded that the polling booth be designated at Paniepora only “for the ease of voters.”
The candidates have meanwhile appealed State Election Commissioner K.K Sharma, to look into the matter at an earliest.
“We hope some middle-ground would be touched by authorities for ease and convenience of the enthusiastic voters”, one of the candidate said.