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Wahdatpora, Hudpora residents write to DC Baramulla, say polling station set up at inaccessible location

Demand its relocation to nearby area

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Waris Fayaz

Baramulla, Jan 09 : Residents of Hudpora and Wahdatpora villages in Baramulla district alleged that the recently issued electoral roll has come out as a shocker for them as the polling station has been set up far away in an inaccessible place.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the resident moved a representation to the deputy commissioner Baramulla who is also the district election officer, seeking relocation of the polling station.

The station as per the electoral roll has been set up at government middle school Frustdub Gujjar, some 5 kilometers away from the residential area.

“Polling station, apart from being remote for the voters of main village Wahdatpora and Sher Colony is also inaccessible to them – given the tough terrain and steep nallah that separates the polling station from rest of the village,” reads the application.

It also highlighted that the only road leading to the polling station meanders through two villages making the total distance five kilometres to the polling station.

“Setting up a polling station at a faraway and inaccessible place has posed a direct threat to the rights of the residents, particularly to the rights of senior citizens and PWDs, to exercise their franchise,” it added.

The residents, however, have requested the Baramulla deputy commissioner to relocate the polling station from government middle school Frasdub, Gujjar to government secondary school Hudpora, Wahadtpora in the interest of the general public.

Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner, Baramulla despite repeated attempts could not be contacted for the comment—(KNO)

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