Third phase of Jammu and Kashmir municipal elections concludes peacefully

Jammu/Srinagar, Oct 13:  Polling for the third phase of municipal elections concluded peacefully on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba, Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla districts, with an overall turnout of 16.3 percent.

Samba district recorded the highest voter turnout of 81.5 per cent in the Jammu region, while Baramulla in the Valley recorded a voter turnout of 75.3 per cent.

In Srinagar, a dismal 1.8 per cent of the electorate came out to vote, while Anantnag saw a 3.2 per cent turnout.

Voting began at 6 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m.

According to the reports, in the Valley’s Pulwama and Bandipora districts, some candidates have been elected unopposed while in the other wards no candidate had filed papers for the third phase contest.

A total of 365 candidates are in the fray for 96 wards of eight urban local bodies comprising 193,990 electors.

The municipal elections that are taking place after a span of 13 years in the state, are being held in four phases, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh electors.

A total of 3,372 nominations have been filed for 1,145 wards. Voting for the fourth and final phase of these elections is scheduled to be held on October 16.

Updates : 

Independent Candidate and former National Conference leader Junaid Azim casts his vote 

Visuals of Uri polling station 

Visuals from a polling station in Samba’s Bari Brahmana

Visuals from a polling station in Samba

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