J&K municipal polls: Kathua district leads with 39% voter turnout by 10am 

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 10, 2018, 11.36 AM(IST)

Polling underway in J&K. Photograph:( ANI )

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By 10am, the officials said Kathua district was leading the voter turnout chart with 39.4 per cent of 54,622 electorates. 

The second phase of the polling is in progress at 263 municipal wards spread across Jammu and Kashmir, including 214 wards, in six districts of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Reasi, Udhampur and Kathua in Jammu region. The polling started at 6am and will end at 4 pm today.

By 10am, the officials said Kathua district was leading the voter turnout chart with 39.4 per cent of 54,622 electorates exercising their democratic right.

It is followed by Doda district which recorded a voter turnout of  36.5% per cent (10204 voters) followed by Reasi (35.7 per cent of 8830 voters), Ramban (35.1 per cent of 13396 voters), Kishtwar (34.1 per cent of 5533 voters) and Udhampur (30.2 per cent of 35519 voters) till 10 am, the officials said.

By 11am, Srinagar registered 1.3 per cent voter turnout, Anantnag was at 0.7 per cent, Bandipora registered 17.4 per cent, while Handwara saw 2.9 per cent voter turnout and Sopore at 2.3 per cent. 

Authorities have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure peaceful polling which will seal the fate of 1,029 candidates.

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A total of 544 polling stations, including 274 in Jammu and 270 in Kashmir, have been set up and are being guarded by police and paramilitary forces.

"The polling in Jammu region is going on smoothly and there was no untoward poll-related violence reported from anywhere," the officials said.

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The first phase of the polling was held on October 8 after a gap of 13 years and registered a voter turnout of 56.6 per cent.

The third phase of the polling is scheduled for October 13 followed by fourth and final phase on October 16. The counting of votes will be held on October 20.