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Change and Employment Attract First-Time Voters to the Ballot in Baramulla

Change, employment draws first time voters to ballot in Baramulla


Baramulla, May 20: Change and better employment were the key issues which drew many first time voters and youth to vote in Baramulla constituency.

Several voters, who spoke to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) expressed frustration over lack of job opportunities saying that they voted for the first time to change the scenario and secure jobs. “Despite having multiple degrees, many of us are still sitting at home without work,” they said.

“Our vote is for a future where our education leads to meaningful careers. We want our leader to address the employment crises at an earlier”, Ezzan Fayaz, a resident of Sopore said.

Similarly, Suhail Bashir (name changed) said that he voted for change.

“We had always been involved in boycotts and separatism, but that has led us nowhere. It’s now time for change and progress. We have suffered a lot, with hardly any employment opportunities,” he added.

For Shaista, casting her vote was a significant decision made after much reflection. “It was never in my mind that i would cast a vote, but after thorough reflection, I decided to vote, believing it will change the whole scenario. We need someone who can safeguard our rights”, a 26-year old said, post casting her vote in Baramulla polling station.

The sentiment was echoed by many others who stressed on the need for better infrastructure, education, healthcare besides job security.

The polling for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections was held on Monday with an historic mark of 59.49% turnout.

During the battle, 22 candidates were in a fray which included some prominent figure like Omar Abdullah, Sajad Gani Lone, Er Rasheed and Mir Fayaz Ahmed besides others—(KNO)

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