J&K urban local body polls HIGHLIGHTS: Third phase ends peacefully with 16.3 per cent turnout

Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Election 2018 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: Out of the 300 polling stations, 241 stations - 222 in the Kashmir Division and 19 in Jammu Division – have been categorised hypersensitive, police said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2018 7:57:38 pm
Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Election 2018 Voting LIVE UPDATES: A thick security blanket has been thrown around the polling stations. (File) Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Election 2018 Voting LIVE UPDATES: A thick security blanket has been thrown around the polling stations. (File)

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.

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18:55 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Visuals from Baramulla

(Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)
18:49 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Highest voter turnout recorded in Samba district

Jammu's Samba district recorded the highest voter turnout of 81.5 per cent on Saturday. In Samba district, polls were held for the four municipal committees of Samba, Ramgarh, Vijaypur and Bari Brahamana.

18:45 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Only 3.5 per cent voter turnout in Kashmir valley

Just 3.5 per cent of the electorate voted in the third phase of the urban local body polls in militancy-hit Kashmir Valley.

18:40 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Third phase ends peacefully

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

18:08 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
16.4 per cent voter turnout in state till 4pm

Source: ceojammukashmir.nic.in   

17:56 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Voter turnout report at 4pm

Source: ceojammukashmir.nic.in

17:46 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Only 71 voters exercised their franchise in Srinagar's historic Lal Chowk

According to news agency PTI, the historic Lal Chowk ward of Srinagar, which has an electoral strength 5,827, saw only 71 voters exercise their franchise during the day.

17:43 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Srinagar's Safakadal, Chanapora wards record less than 10 votes each

Safakadal, a ward in the city's old town, and Chanapora, in the Civil Lines, polled less than 10 votes each in the third phase of the urban local body elections, as reported by PTI. 

17:00 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Low voter turnout in Srinagar

Final polling percentage for Srinagar is 1.8%. Only 2740 of the total 153091 votes cast.

16:04 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Voter turnout till 2pm

ULB polls phase IIISrinagar - 1.5 % Baramulla - 72 % Anantnag - 2.6 %

15:21 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Visuals from Jammu

People wait in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station during municipal elections in Bari Brahmana, about 25 kms from Jammu. (PTI)
14:29 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
'Polling process smooth in four municipalities'

Speaking to PTI, Samba district election officer Sushma Chauhan said, "Voting is underway smoothly in all the four municipal committees of Samba, Ramgarh, Vijaypur and Bari-Brahmana and so far 59.39 per cent of 31,878 electorates have exercised their franchise in the 57 polling stations set up across the district till 12 am." 

13:50 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Samba records highest voter turnout

Today's polling in Samba will complete the ULB elections in all the 10 districts of Jammu region which recorded a high-voter turnout in the first two phases. 

13:48 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
NC's Omar Abdullah questions Modi government

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and NC leader Omar Abdullah said, "From the highest turnouts since 1987 in 2014 to the lowest turnouts ever recorded in 2018, why is the Modi government able to get away with its disastrous handling of Kashmir almost unquestioned?"

13:25 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Polling areas under scanner

CEO Shaleen Kabra said observers have been deployed, including micro-observers at 222 hypersensitive polling stations in the Kashmir Division and 19 in Jammu Division. The CEO added that Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) have been ensured in all the polling stations across the state. "Deputy commissioners are undertaking videography of all critical events related to the poll process," Kabra said.

12:37 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
More security in few polling stations

Additional poll staff has been deployed at polling stations with a large number of electors.

12:18 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
3,372 nominations filed

A total of 3,372 nominations have been filed for 1145 wards.

11:59 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Control rooms to monitor complaints

"Control Rooms have been established in all the municipal bodies across the state to respond promptly to any complaints of violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) as also to disseminate information to the public," Shaleen Kabra, the state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), was quoted as saying by IANS.

11:45 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Govt announces holiday on days of poll

The government has declared holiday on the day of poll in the municipal areas going to polls so as to enable the voters to cast their vote.

11:31 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Voter turnout at 10 am

11:13 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Heavy polling in Uri area

Heavy polling is underway in Uri municipal committee of Baramulla district where 908 of the 3,552 voters have already cast their votes. The poll percentage in the first three hours of polling was 25.6 per cent. 

10:49 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
100 votes registered in Anantnag

In Anantnag district, only 100 of the 5,469 votes have been polled in the first three hours of polling, officials told PTI.

10:42 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Low voter turnout in Srinagar

The 20 wards of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, where voting is underway, have witnessed only 0.8 per cent of the 1.53 lakh voters turn up at the polling stations, officials told PTI.

10:18 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Former NC leader Junaid Mattu after casting his vote:

After casting his vote, independent candidate Junaid Mattu said, "High time some people get off the moral high horse, anybody who disagrees with the two regional parties is labelled a BJP puppet by them. The fact is both NC and PDP have been in alliance with the BJP before. So it is hilarious."

10:07 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Last phase on October 16

Municipal elections, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh, are being held in four phases. The last phase will take place on Tuesday.

09:49 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
241 polling stations 'hypersensitive': J&K Police

Out of the 300 polling stations, 241 stations - 222 in the Kashmir Division and 19 in Jammu Division – have been categorised hypersensitive, police officials said.

09:31 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Voter turnout at 8 am

09:26 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Former NC leader Junaid Azim Mattu casts his vote

Independent candidate and former NC leader Junaid Azim Mattu, who resigned from the party because of its decision to boycott the local body polls, registered his vote in Srinagar's Barzulla.

09:11 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Tight security across polling stations

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, officials said.

08:56 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
NC, PDP, CPI(M) boycotts J&K polls

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 Supreme Court.

08:41 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
365 candidates contesting J&K urban local body polls

365 candidates are in the fray for 96 wards of eight urban local bodies for the third phase comprising a total electorate of 1,93,990 electors.

08:29 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Polling in 100 out of 207 wards

Although 207 wards in J&K were scheduled to go to polls today, polling will be held only in 100 wards: 56 in Samba district in Jammu division and 44 in the Valley.

08:22 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
High voter turnout expected in Uri town, Mattan area

The voter turnout is expected to be high in 13 wards in the Uri area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, which has traditionally been a high polling area. Similarly, a high turnout may be registered in nine wards in the Mattan area of Anantnag district, which has a significant Kashmiri migrant population.

08:18 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Voting underway in Uri town
08:08 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Areas where polling will be held

Polling will also be held in the following civil lines area of the city today: Lal Chowk, Rajbagh, Ikhrajpora, Mehjoor Nagar, Natipora, Chanapora, Budshah Nagar, Baghat Barzulla, Hyderpora and Rawalpora.

08:04 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Voting underway at Samba's Bari Brahmana
08:00 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Low voter turnout expected in 20 wards due to militancy

Of the 44 wards going to polls on Saturday, 20 fall in Srinagar city's downtown area, where the voter turnout 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.

07:55 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Visuals from Samba district
07:54 (IST) 13 Oct 2018
Voting for third phase begins in J&K

The third phase of the Jammu and Kashmir urban local body elections began at 6 am today and will continue till 6 pm. As many as 372 candidates are in the fray for the elections. 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. Follow our LIVE BLOG for all latest updates.

The voter turnout 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.