First round of elections

Yesterday the Indian-administered state elections started in the Kashmir Valley. The Kashmir Coordination Committee had called for a boycott of the polls, and a turnout of 64% in the 10 constituencies was reported. There has been complaints reported to the police about scuffle, threats and booth capturing, as well as destruction of electronic voting appliances, mainly in Bandipora in North Kashmir.

Also the curfew imposed last week was continued, with cities all over the valley being closed down. One local explained to Dawn newspaper that they couldn’t even go outside to clear away some of the snow that had been falling last week. The Indian Army, on the other hand, claimed that the curfew was necessary to retain “law and order”.

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