Voting for first phase of J&K Municipal Elections conclude

Srinagar, Oct 8: The first phase of the Municipal elections in Jammu and Kashmir which began on Monday amid a visible Jammu-Kashmir divide, with voters largely boycotting the poll in the Valley but taking part with enthusiasm in Jammu and Ladakh regions.

Under tight security cloud, the electoral process went off smoothly in the Valley, with one incident of stone-pelting reported in a Srinagar ward.

Around  1,204 candidates are in the fray for the first phase of the urban local bodies polls is taking place after a gap of 13 years.

Voters were lined up outside the polling stations in Gandhi Nagar, R.S.Pura, Arnia, Jurian, Khour, Akhnoor, Bishnah, Nowshera, Surankote, Kalakote, and at many other places from 7 a.m., as the voting began.

The Chief Electoral Officer said Rajouri district in Jammu region recorded the highest voter turnout at 81 per cent while the lowest in the troubled Valley was 3.3 per cent – in Bandipora district.

Srinagar district recorded 6.2 per cent, Badgam 17, Anantnag 7.3, Baramulla 5.7, Kupwara 36.6 and Bandipora 3.3 in the Kashmir Valley. Leh saw 55.2 per cent voting, Kargil 78.1, Jammu 63.8, Rajouri 81 and Poonch 73.1 per cent.

The overall voting percentage in the state was 56.7 per cent.

Elections took place in 422 of the state’s 1,145 municipal wards.

The second, third and fourth phase of the municipal polls is slated to be held on October 10, 13 and 16. Counting of votes will take place on October 20.

Updates: 

First phase voting for the local body elections in 11 districts concludes

Voting percentages till 1 pm

Voter turnout recorded till 11 am

Voter turnout recorded till 11 am in the first phase of local body elections in 11 districts – Anantnag-5%, Budgam-3% Bandipora-2%, Baramulla-3%, Jammu-34%, Kargil-33%, Kupwara-18%, Leh-26%, Poonch-47%, Rajouri-55% & Srinagar-3.50%

Union Minister Jitendra Singh and former Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta cast their votes

Heavy security deployed at a polling booth in Baramulla

Visuals of Polling booth in  Bandipora

People queue outside a polling booth in Gorakh Nagar to cast their votes

Voting starts in districts of Anantnag-4 wards, Budgam-1 ward, Bandipore-16 wards, Baramulla-15, Jammu-153, Kargil-13, Kupwara-18, Leh-13, Poonch-26, Rajouri-59 & Srinagar-3 wards: Visuals from Budgam’s Ward no 5

Visuals from Ward no. 48 in Jammu

Voting begins for 422 of the 1,145 wards

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