The Jammu region’s Samba district recorded over 80 per cent of voting in third phase of the state’s municipal polls on Saturday while the Kashmir Valley witnessed a low turnout.
Voting began at 6 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. in Jammu’s Samba district and the valley’s Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Pulwama and Bandipora districts amid stringent security arrangements.
Voter turnout soared in the border district of Uri, where 75 percent voters have exercised their voting franchise. Voter turnout was quite low in Srinagar and Anantnag.
A total of 365 candidates re in the fray for 96 wards of eight urban local bodies comprising 193,990 electors from J&K
The municipal elections 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 electors.
A total of 3,372 nominations have been filed for 1,145 wards. Voting for the fourth and final phase of these elections will be held on October 16.