The third phase of the Jammu and Kashmir urban local body elections began across 300 polling stations at 6 am on Saturday amid stringent security measures. As many as 365 candidates are in the fray for the elections. A thick security blanket has been thrown around the polling stations, while security forces are conducting area domination exercises to ensure an incident-free election, officials said.
Out of the 300 polling stations, 241 stations – 222 in the Kashmir Division and 19 in Jammu Division – have been categorised hypersensitive, police said. Ninety-six wards of eight urban local bodies, comprising a total electorate of 1,93,990 electors, are scheduled to go to polls.