On Wednesday, 77.61 percent people voted in the elections of Ladakh Hill Autonomous Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil, which is being held for the first time after the removal of Article 370. Highest 90.07 percent votes were cast in Saliskoot. The election results will be declared on October 8. The new council will be formed before October 11.
Long queues of voters were seen at polling stations in Kargil since morning. Voting started at 8 am amid tight security. 85 candidates are in the fray in the elections for 26 seats. People were seen enthusiastic about voting. The enthusiasm among the people was so much that at 9 in the morning the voting percentage in remote areas reached 11.46. Till 9 o’clock, 8.78 percent voting was done in Ranveerpora (Drass) while 11.38 percent voting was done in Kargil Town. By 11 o’clock, a little less than half of the total number of voters had been polled. By 11 o’clock this figure reached 40.31 percent and by 4 o’clock in the evening a total of 77.61 percent voting took place. More than 74,000 people exercised their franchise.
114 centers were vulnerable yet voting remained peaceful
EVM was used for the first time in Kargil elections. 95388 voters are responsible for electing the local government, of which 46762 are women. 278 polling stations were set up in the elections. Of these, 114 were highly sensitive and 99 were sensitive. Adequate numbers of central forces were deployed for security. Election officer Shrikant Balasaheb Suse said that voting for LAHDC elections was completed peacefully.
Elections fought on development versus local issues
BJP fought the elections on developmental issues. He enumerated the development works done in the state. In contrast, the National Conference (NC) and Congress focused their campaigns on local issues of Ladakh. Which included the demand for statehood for Ladakh along with protection of local traditions and culture. 85 candidates from different political parties are trying their luck in this election. Congress party has fielded maximum 22 candidates. NC and BJP have fielded 17 candidates each. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also has 4 candidates in the fray while 24 independent candidates were also contesting the elections.