Voting Begins For Third Phase


Jammu and Kashmir urban body polls: Voting underway in a polling station in Samba. (ANI)

New Delhi/Srinagar: Voting for the third phase of the urban local bodies elections is underway in Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 242 candidates – of which 84 are female candidates – are in the fray for  56 wards of Samba district. Total number of voters are 31818 which include 15,510 female voters will cast their votes at 57 poling booths. There are 19 Hypersensitive, 06 Sensitive and 32 Normal polling booths. Observers  and  Nodal Officers have been appointed to ensure fair and free election. The time of the polling is 6 am to 4 pm.

The last phase on October 16. Counting of votes will take place on October 20.

The first of the four-phased municipal elections was held on October 8 after a hiatus of 13 years; the second phase was held on October 10. While the urban body polls have seen satisfactory voter turnout in Jammu, the Kashmir valley has recorded a low voter turnout – only 3.4 per cent of 2.20 lakh electorate exercised their votes in the second phase, officials said.

Two key parties in the state — the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) — have abstained from the elections over the centre’s stand on Article 35-A, making it a contest between the BJP and the Congress. Terrorists had killed two National Conference workers on Friday and threatened against participating in the polls.

Here are the LIVE updates on the story:

Independent Candidate and former National Conference leader Junaid Azim Mattu who resigned from NC disagreeing over decision to boycott local body polls, casts his vote in Srinagar’s Barzulla.”High time some people get off the moral high horse, anybody who disagrees with the two regional parties is labelled a BJP puppet by them, the fact is both NC and PDP have been in alliance with BJP before. So It is hilarious,” he told news agency ANI.

In the third phase for 96 wards, there are 365 candidates in fray and 300 polling stations are being established for 193990 electors belonging to 8 ULBs, according to a press release by the chief electoral officer of Jammu and Kashmir.

In Lalchowk, there are 2 voting booths, but no one has come to cast their vote as of yet. There is  moderate vote count in Uri. In Sopore there is only one candidate who filed his nomination and thus there has been practically no voting.

In Jammu, there has been good voter turnout whereas in Srinagar there has been low voter turnout. In 2 hours, only 200 votes from have been cast in Srinagar.

Visuals from a polling station in Uri in Baramulla district.


Voters at a polling stations in Samba’s Bari Brahmana

Terrorists had killed two National Conference workers on Friday and threatened against participating in the polls.

Two key parties in the state — the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) — have abstained from the elections over the centre’s stand on Article 35-A, making it a contest between the BJP and the Congress.

The first of the four-phased municipal elections was held on October 8 after a hiatus of 13 years; the second phase was held on October 10. While the urban body polls have seen satisfactory voter turnout in Jammu, the Kashmir valley has recorded a low voter turnout – only 3.4 per cent of 2.20 lakh electorate exercised their votes in the second phase, officials said.

Voting for the third phase of the urban local bodies elections is underway in Jammu and Kashmir. The last phase will take place on October 16. Counting of votes will take place on October 20.



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