JAMMU: Less than 1800 Kashmiri Pandits have so far opted for migrant postal ballots in the ongoing municipal elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
This number clearly suggests that by and large migrant Kashmiri Pandits too are boycotting municipal polls in the State in protest against deletion of their names from the electoral rolls of Jammu Municipal Corporation.
According to official sources, more than 60,000 migrant families are registered with the office of Relief Commissioner. However, not more than 1800 migrant voters have decided to participate in the municipal polls. Of these 245 have collected M-Forms for the first phase of polls on October 8, over 950 for the second phase and over 450 for the third phase of polls.
According to sources, the State government had kept the electoral rolls of migrant Kashmiris across 16 designated offices of Assistant Returning Officers and other places to ensure all those migrant voters who want to verify their names in the electoral rolls of municipal wards of Kashmir division could do so and collect their M-Forms before submitting their vote.
The sources added that none of the migrant voters turned up to collect these forms from 11 centres, which included transit migrant camps in Sheikhpora, Vessua, Mattan, Natnusua, Veerwan, Hawi.
According to sources, over 400 migrants, staying in Migrant Camp Muthi, have collected their M-Forms while 133 from Migrant Camp Jagti, 60 from Migrant Camp Nagrota, over 300 from Shastri Nagar and over 700 from Bakshi Nagar had collected their M-Forms so far.