Live Updates

  • 7:09 PM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: Total voter turnout recorded in Baramulla-75.3%, Samba-81.4%, Anantnag-3.2% and Srinagar-1.8%, during the third phase of local body polls.

  • 4:02 PM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: Baramulla recorded 72.7% voter turnout till 2 pm whereas, Samba recorded 73.9%, Anantnag 2.7% and Srinagar 1.5%, during the third phase of local body polls.

  • 2:30 PM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: Voter turnout recorded till 12 noon in Baramulla-59.6%, Samba-59.1%, Anantnag-2.5% and Srinagar- 1.2%, during the third phase of local body polls.

  • 1:57 PM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: “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?” tweeted Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and NC leader Omar Abdullah.

  • 1:53 PM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: In Anantnag district, 2.36 per cent voters exercised their franchise in Mattan town while in Baramulla district, 67.79 per cent votes were cast in Uri.

  • 1:50 PM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: Jammu region’s Samba district recorded an overwhelming 66 per cent voting during the first six hours in the third phase of the state’s municipal polls

  • 1:48 PM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: 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.

  • 12:10 PM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: The voting will continue in the valley till 4 o’clock in the evening.

  • 11:26 AM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: In Anantnag district, only 100 of the 5,469 votes have been polled in the first three hours of polling, the officials said.

  • 11:26 AM IST

    J&K Local Body Elections Live Updates: The trend of low voter turnout continued in the ongoing civic polls in Kashmir continued Saturday as only 1.3 per cent of the 1.62 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in the first three hours of polling

New Delhi: Voting for the third phase of civic polls in Jammu and Kashmir is underway. Heavy security has been deployed at the polling stations to ensure free and smooth elections. Majority of the candidates have also been provided with either cluster security in hotels or individually in the Valley.

Nearly 207 wards in the state were scheduled to go to polls in the third phase, but the election will be held only in 100 wards — 56 in Samba district in Jammu division and 44 in the Valley. Of the 44 wards going to polls on Saturday, 20 falls in Srinagar city’s downtown area. 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 Anantnag district of south Kashmir.

The wards in the 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.

As per the Election Commission of India (ECI), a total of 372 candidates are in the fray — 242 for four municipal bodies in Samba district and 130 for Valley’s four municipal bodies.

The local civic body elections – taking place in the militancy-hit Valley after 13 years – has been boycotted by two main regional parties — the National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), demanding Centre’s clear stand on Article 35-A of the Constitution.

The Municipal Elections are being held in four phases. The first phase polling was held on Monday while the second phase took place on Wednesday.  The fourth and final phase polling will be held on October 16. The results will be declared on October 20.