Third phase of Kashmir municipal polls ends
Voting for the third phase of municipal polls ended peacefully yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba, Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla districts, with an overall turnout of 16.3%.
Jammu region in Samba district recorded the highest voter turnout of 81.5%, while Baramulla in the Valley saw a turnout of 75.3%.
In Srinagar, a dismal 1.8% of the electorate came out to vote, while in Anantnag it was saw 3.2%.
Polling started at 6am and ended at 4pm.
As in the previous two phases, there was no major incident of violence anywhere in the state.
In Samba district, polls were held for the four municipal committees of Samba, Ramgarh, Vijaypur and Bari Brahamana.
In Anantnag, voting took place for the Mattan municipal committee, while in Baramulla district people voted for the Uri and Sopore municipal committees.
For the Srinagar municipal corporation, voting was held in four wards.
In the Valley’s Pulwama and Bandipora districts, some candidates were elected unopposed while in the other wards, no candidate had filed papers for the third phase.
A total of 365 candidates are in the fray for 96 wards of eight urban local bodies comprising 193,990 eligible voters.
Additional staff was deployed at polling stations with a large number of voters, officials said.
Voters arrive at a polling centre amid tight security during the third phase of Jammu and Kashmir municipal polls, in Srinagar yesterday.