Nobody from the villages of other top militant commanders like Zakir Musa, Riyaz Naikoo and Mudassir Khan in south Kashmir wanted to vote.
Election Commission of India officials here said polling was going on smoothly, barring some complaints of EVM malfunctioning which were attended to immediately.
While Jhansi recorded a maximum 25 % voting, the reserved seat of Etawah in Yadav bastions remained lowest on the tally by recording just 18.06% votes till 11 am.
According to the Collector, the polling process in the district went smoothly, transparently and peacefully.
The state’s highest turnout is 79.3 per cent, recorded in 1989.
Kochi metropolis is a part of, recorded 77.20 per cent polling. This is in sharp contrast to bigger cities like Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, where the voter apathy was reflected on low turnout.
An estimated 61.35 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in the 10 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh amid reports EVM snags at some booths.
The Silicon City of India, which often prides itself for its civic activism, has been notorious for its low voter turnout.
On the by-election in Thattanchavady Assembly segment, Candavelou said 76 per cent of the 29,957 voters in the constituency exercised their franchise.
Sources said voters boycotted polling in Babaja and Kankaria villages in Balangir assembly constituency and Gumi and Dhipamala panchayats in Daspalla over lack of amenities.
State chief electoral officer Rajat Kumar told media persons that the initial voter turnout was an “estimated” figure that arrived at 5 pm on April 11.
Of 35.78 lakh, 21.17 per cent of electors did not exercise their franchise.
CEO Rajat Kumar said that the polling percentage, though low, was, in fact high, considering that a huge number of people had left Hyderabad.
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Polling in northeastern states was off the charts, as Tripura, Nagaland and Manipur and Sikkim posted figures around 80 per cent. Arunachal Pradesh was close with 79.1 per cent.
Despite initial hiccups in voting due to technical glitches in EVMs, polling is going on smoothly in all four parliamentary constituencies - Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput.