Election day

So today is the final day of elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Over 30000 soldiers have been called to ensure Srinagar remains calm. The curfew that has been imposed the last month still remains. The Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee encouraged people to join in a protest walk through Lal Chowk instead of voting. However, the voting turnout in Srinagar was reported as 20%, much higher than previous elections. Further, there were a lot of protests around Srinagar and so far 7 people have been reported injured.

Despite today’s clashes between anti-election protestors and the military, according to the Chief Electoral Officer the 2008 elections were more peaceful than previous elections. The participation was also highest historically, with around 61.5% this year and 43% in 2002. The results will be presented as soon as possible after the counting starts on 28 December and many people are following the development carefully. An unofficial poll at Kashmir Observer website expected the National Conference to win the elections.

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