DATE=9/11/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA/ELECTIONS NUMBER=2-253729 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: Intro: India has held the second round of voting in elections for a new parliament. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, security was tight for the Saturday balloting -- epecially in the northern Jammu and Kashmir state. At least two people were killed in election-related violence. Still, authorities say the voting has been relatively peaceful. Text: Saturday's polling was spread across the country and included eight states, stretching from Tamil Nadu in the south to Kashmir in the north. Voters were choosing 123 members of parliament, who will make up about one quarter of the lower house. Hundreds of thousands of policemen guarded polling stations. Clashes between rival party workers led to violence in the western state, Maharashtra. Other incidents of scattered violence were reported from several states. The poll was relatively peaceful in southern Kashmir. Voters were choosing candidates from Jammu and Udhampur, where the Hindu population is higher than in the Kashmir valley. More people turned out to cast ballots here than in Srinagar, which went to the polls last week - but where a call for an election boycott by Muslim separatist groups kept most voters away. This year, many voters have been unenthusiastic about the elections. Political analysts are attributing voter apathy to the frequent elections in recent years. The country is going to the polls for the third time in as many years. Independent political analyst Subhash Kashyap says this year's election has been the dullest in recent times. /// KASHYAP ACTUALITY /// Largely, it is the fatigue and a feeling of what might be called ennui, with too-frequent elections. Second is the weather in many parts of the country. It is still rainy season. ///END ACTUALITY/// With Saturday's voting, about half the races in parliament will have been decided. But the results will not be announced several days after the last round of polling is held, October fourth. The election is spread over a month to allow security forces better cover the country. The main parties in the race are the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition and the Congress Party. Campaigning has focussed mainly on B-J-P Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi. Opinion polls indicate the B-J-P / led coalition will win a majority of the seats in the legislature -- riding on a wave of Prime Minister Vajpayee's personal popularity. The Congress Party is expected to win less than one third of the seats in parliament. (signed) Neb / wd 11-Sep-1999 07:03 AM LOC (11-Sep-1999 1103 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .