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Third phase of J&K municipal polls ends peacefully (Roundup)

IANS  |  Jammu/Srinagar 

Voting for the third phase of municipal polls ended peacefully on Saturday in Jammu & Kashmir's Samba, Srinagar, and districts, with an overall turnout of 16.3 per cent.

district recorded the highest of 81.5 per cent in the Jammu region, while in the Valley recorded a of 75.3 per cent.

In Srinagar, a dismal 1.8 per cent of the electorate came out to vote, while saw a 3.2 per cent turnout.

Polling started at 6 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m.

As in the previous two phases, there was no major incident of violence anywhere in the state.

In district, polls were held for the four municipal committees of Samba, Ramgarh, Vijaypur and

In Anantnag, voting took place for the Mattan municipal committee, while in district people voted for the Uri and Sopore municipal committees.

For the 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, poll officials said.

Shaleen Kabra, the state's Chief Electoral Officer, said the overall poll percentage in the first two phases of the municipal polls that took place on October 8 and 10, was 47.2 per cent.

Observers, including micro-observers, were deployed at 222 hyper-sensitive polling stations in the Division and 19 in to ensure a free and fair election, said Kabra.

The that are taking place after 13 years in the state are being held in four phases, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh voters.

The state's two main parties - National Conference and Peoples - have boycotted the polls, leaving the and the in a direct contest.

A total of 3,372 nominations have been filed for 1,145 wards. Voting for the fourth and final phase of the election will be held on October 16. Counting of votes is scheduled for October 20.



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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 18:26 IST