J&K: Voting underway for third phase of urban local body polls

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 13, 2018, 09.03 AM(IST)

jammu and kashmir, polls, urban local body polls, Photograph:( ANI )

Voting for the third phase of urban local body polls is underway in Kashmir amid the tight security arrangement by election authorities.

The polling began at 6 am and expected to conclude at 4 pm, PTI reported.

At least 2 lakh 35 thousand voters are expected to exercise their franchise in the third phase of the polls.

Of the 40 wards going to polls on Saturday, 20 falls in Srinagar city's downtown area, where the voter turnout has been generally low since the eruption of militancy in the state in 1989.

The wards in downtown city going to polls are Khanqah-e-Mualla, Maharajgunj, Jamia Masjid, Makhdoom Sahib, Khwaja Bazaar, Aqilmir Khanyar, Rozabal, Daulatabad, Islamyarbal, Nawab Bazaar, Nawa Kadal, Safakadal, Rathpora, Edigah, Palpora and Tarabal.

Ten other wards in the civil lines area of the city, where polling will be held on Saturday, are Lal Chowk, Rajbagh, Ikhrajpora, Mehjoor Nagar, Natipora, Chanapora, Budshah Nagar, Baghat Barzulla, Hyderpora and Rawalpora.

The voting for the second phase of the urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir took place on Wednesday. The polls received about 80 per cent of voter turnout in Jammu while it was 3.4 per cent came out to vote in Kashmir. 

The Valley witnessed a low voter turnout in the first phase of municipal polls which concluded on October 8. The first phase of elections saw 70 per cent voter turnout in Jammu region and 8.2 per cent in the Valley.

The four-phase urban local body elections began on October 8 and will end on October 16.

Meanwhile, the National Conference, the PDP and the CPI(M) have boycotted the polls due to the legal challenge to Article 35-A of the Constitution in the Supreme Court.

(With inputs from news agencies)