Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir): Voting is underway for the third phase of urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Polling began in 96 wards spread across four districts of J&K. Polling began at 6 am and is slated to end at 4 pm. Four municipal committees in Samba district namely- Samba, Vijaypur, Ramgarh and Bari-Brahmana, have gone to polls in the Jammu division.
Stringent security measures have been taken by the state authorities and the election commission, to ensure peaceful polls. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and election staff have been deployed to their respective polling stations after a complete review by the Samba District Election Officer. A total of 372 candidates are in the fray in the third phase of the urban local bodies elections.
The overall voter turnout in the first phase of local body elections was 56.7 per cent, while in the second phase, overall turnout was 30 per cent. Two major parties of the state, National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), are boycotting the polls.
Counting of votes will be done on October 20.