Srinagar, April 15, 2017: National Conference President and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday won the by-poll to the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat, beating his PDP rival Nazir Ahmad Khan by 10,557 votes.
Farooq polled 47,926 votes while Khan polled 37,369 votes. NOTA (none of the above) were 714, election officials said.
A total of 89,865 votes were cast for the by-poll.
Counting of votes for high-profile Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency by-poll began at 8 a.m. here on Saturday.
State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shantmanu who visited the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar on Friday, where the counting is scheduled, said counting of votes would begin simultaneously in Jammu, Udhampur and New Delhi where Kashmiri migrants had voted.
There are nine candidates in the fray, but the main contest is between the three-time Chief Minister and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Nazir Ahmad Khan.
The bypoll for the seat was conducted on April 9 and the repoll at some polling stations held on April 13 after the segment witnessed large scale protests.
Only seven per cent voters turned out to exercise their franchise.
Eight civilian protesters were killed in clashes with the security forces on April 9. However, the separatists had called for a boycott of these polls.