You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Arrangements ready for third phase of polling in J-K: Officials

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Election authorities have finalised the arrangements for Saturday's third phase of polling for civic polls in but there is little hope of any change in the trend of low in the Valley as most of the wards fall in the separatist hotbed of downtown city and south

Of the 44 wards going to polls on Saturday, 20 fall in city's downtown area, where the 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 voter turnout, however, is expected to be high in 13 wards in the Uri area of north Kashmir's district, which has traditionally been a high polling area. A similar trend might be seen in nine wards in the Mattan area of district, which has a significant Kashmiri migrant population.

Although 207 wards in the state were scheduled to go to polls in the third phase, polling will be held only in 100 wards -- 56 in district in Jammu division and 44 in the Valley.

While results for 49 wards in the Valley were declared uncontested at the completion of the nomination process on 3 October, there were no nominations filed for 58 wards -- mostly falling in Pulwama and district of south

As many as 372 candidates are in the fray -- 242 for four municipal bodies in district and 130 for Valley's four municipal bodies.

The polling will begin at 6 am and conclude at 4 pm, officials said.

The election staff, along with polling material, has reached respective polling stations, they added.

A thick security blanket has been thrown around the polling stations, while security forces are carrying out area domination exercises over the past couple of days for ensuring incident-free election, the officials said.

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

The in the first two phases of the civic polls in the Valley has been low. While 8.3 per cent of the electorate turned up to vote in the 83 wards in the first phase on 8 October, the poll percentage fell to an abysmal 3.4 per cent in the second phase held on 10 October.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 19:20 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU