Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp among apps temporarily banned by authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Local rebel leaders had called for a boycott of the vote, which was held to fill a vacant seat after a member of parliament resigned to protest against the killing of civilians during a sweeping security crackdown last year.
Voter turnout was 6.5 percent in the by-election, 26 percent lower than in the last elections held in 2014 and the lowest ever participation recorded in any election in the disputed territory, according to Shantmanu, the state’s chief electoral officer.
“Eighty-five percent of my work depends on the internet,” Taha Mughal, an architect, said. “So all I’ve been doing is practically moving from one place to another on foot – the old-fashioned way – to do the 15 percent. It’s like I’m in the 1930s.”