J&K municipal polls 2nd phase: Overwhelming voter turnout in Jammu, dismal in Kashmir

Jammu/Srinagar, Oct 10: Amid tight security, polling for the second phase of the municipal elections held in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. 

An overwhelming majority of 79.8 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in Jammu division, while a mere 3.4 per cent voted in the troubled Kashmir.

According to officals, the overall voter turn out in Jammu and Kashmir was 31.3 per cent.

With nearly 80 per cent, Ramban district witnessed the maximum voting while only 1.1 per cent voters participated in Anantnag district.

A total of 1,029 candidates are in the fray in 263 wards in Kathua, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Reasi, Doda, Ramban districts of Jammu region; and Anantnag, Kupwara, Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipora, Badgam and Kulgam districts of the valley.

Mainstream political parties — the National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) and Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) — have boycotted these elections.

On the other hand, Separatists have called for a protest shutdown in areas where voting is being held in the valley. Militants have issued threats to contesting candidates and asked voters to keep away from the poll process that would end 7 p.m.

Total electorate for Wednesday’s poll is 3,46,980 of whom 1,28,104 are in Jammu division and 2,18,876 in the valley.

The third phase of the municipal polls is scheduled to take place on October 13 while the last phase on October 16. Counting of votes will be held on October 20.


Overall 30% polling was recorded in phase two of municipal polls in Jammu 

Voter turnout recorded till 10 am

Visuals from a polling station in Bandipora

Voter turnout recorded till 8 am

People queue up at a polling station in Kathua

People queue up outside a polling booth in Udhampur

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