Voting for the third phase of the Urban Local Body Elections in Jammu and Kashmir is being held across 96 wards on Saturday. The polling began at 6 am amid tight security and will conclude at 4 pm.Â According to the Election Commission (EC), a total of 372 candidates are in the fray. Earlier, as many as 207 wards were scheduled to go to polls in the third phase, however, theÂ elections are being held in only 100 wards â€” 56 in Samba district in Jammu division and 44 in the Kashmir region. The results of theÂ Jammu and Kashmir Urban Local Body Elections will be announced onÂ October 20.
Jammu and Kashmir Urban Local Body Elections LIVE Updates:
# Voter turnout till 2 pm: Baramulla-72.7%, Samba-73.9%, Anantnag-2.7% and Srinagar- 1.5%.
Voter turnout recorded till 2 pm in Baramulla-72.7%, Samba-73.9%, Anantnag-2.7% and Srinagar- 1.5%, during the third phase of local body polls in #JammuAndKashmirâ€” ANI (@ANI) October 13, 2018
# Very low voter turnout in Valley:Â 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. In Anantnag district, only 100 of the 5,469 votes have been polled in the first three hours of polling. (PTI)
# NC, PDP leaders calling me BJP puppet 'hilarious', saysÂ Junaid Mattu: "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 BJP before. So It is hilarious."
# NC rebelÂ Junaid Azim Mattu casts his vote:Â Independent Candidate and former National Conference leader Junaid Azim Mattu who resigned from NC disagreeing over decision to boycott local body polls, casts his vote in Srinagar's Barzulla.
Independent Candidate and former National Conference leader Junaid Azim Mattu who resigned from NC disagreeing over decision to boycott local body polls, casts his vote in Srinagar's Barzulla. #jammukashmirelection pic.twitter.com/gJNEAUqyfbâ€” ANI (@ANI) October 13, 2018
# People have started coming out to cast their votes:Â Voting underway for the third phase of urban local body polls; visuals from a polling station in Baramulla's Uri
# Voting underway:Â Voting is underway for 96 wards in the third phase ofÂ urban local body elections inÂ Jammu and Kashmir; visuals from a polling station in Samba's Bari Brahmana.
# Voting begins: The third phase of voting for the urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir begins.