Third phase of Kash­mir mu­nic­i­pal polls ends

Gulf Times - - INDIA -

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.

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