110-year-old among dozen centurions votes in J

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Kupwara, Nov 30 (UNI) About a dozen centurions, including a woman, besides a man, who lost his leg in Pakistani shelling, cast their votes in the five Assembly constituencies of this border district, which went to polls today.

Sheela Devi (82) was the first to cast her vote at Handwara, while 100-year-old Raja Begum was helped by her family members to cast her vote in a polling station at Sogam.

Alam Din (100) was the oldest voter, who cast his ballot in Najsari polling station on Lolab constituency.

At Lalpora Mohammad Subhan (110), Abdul Gani Per (100) and Sonaullah (95) cast their votes in three polling station, while 105-year-old Abdul Raheem cast his vote in Nawagabarah polling station.

Mohammad Hanief, who lost his right leg in the Pakistani shelling in 2002, besides a blind person, cast his vote in a polling station at Tangdhar.

People alleged that names of several voters were missing from the voting list, while others said they were not allowed to vote because of there were no Voter Identity Cards (VICs). However, the Returning Officer (RO) said people having any identification cards were being allowed to vote.

At Charkote polling booth, in the Lolab Assembly constituency, women outnumbered men. Out of 408 votes polled till 1500 hrs, 229 were of women.

At Danawari, out of 475 votes polled till 1530 hrs, 225 were cast by women.

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