For the first phase, 78 candidates have already been elected unopposed out of which 69 are from the valley.
Polling began at 7 am this morning and would end at 4 pm, officials said.
They said voting will take place at 820 polling stations across the state.
150 polling stations have been designated for voting in Kashmir Division and 670 in Jammu Division. In Kashmir Division, 138 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive while in Jammu Division, 52 polling stations have been categorised hypersensitive, the officials said.
The total electorate for the first phase is 586064, the official said.
They said massive security arrangements have been put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls.
Municipal elections, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh, are being held in four phases.
A total of 3,372 nominations have been filed for 1,145 wards. The next phases take place on 10th, 13th and 16th October.
The government has declared holiday on the day of poll in municipal areas going to polls so as to enable voters to cast their vote.
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