Voting for the third phase of the urban local body polls in underway in various districts of Jammu and Kashmir amid high security around the polling booths. The state saw a low voter turnout in last two phases, especially districts of the Valley. The voting for the last phase will be held on October 16. The counting of votes will take place on October 20. The polling began at 6:00 am and will continue till 4:00 pm at 300 polling stations across the state. Some 365 candidates are in the fray for 96 wards of 8 urban local bodies, reports said.

Two main regional parties – Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference are not participating in the urban local body polls over legal challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution which grants special rights to citizens of Jammu and Kashmir. Two leaders of Omar Abdullah’s party were killed by terrorists on Friday.

Jammu and Kashmir urban local body polls LIVE updates:

 

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Low voter turnout till 2:00pm

Voter turnout recorded till 2:00pm in Baramulla-72.7%, Samba-73.9%, Anantnag-2.7% and Srinagar- 1.5%, during the third phase of local body polls in Jammu And Kashmir. The first and second phase of the polls also witnessed a low voter turnout, especially in the Valley districts.

No NC and PDP in polls

Two main regional parties – Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference are not participating in the urban local body polls over the legal challenge to Article 35A.

''Ballot more powerful

Independent Candidate and former National Conference leader Junaid Azim Mattu who resigned from NC disagreeing over the decision to boycott local body polls cast his vote in Srinagar's Barzulla.

Encounter underway in Babgund

Meanwhile, an encounter is underway between terrorists and security forces in Babgund of Jammu and Kashmir. Terrorists have threatened members of all political parties to not participate in urban local bodies polls.

Voting underway; Visuals from Baramulla's Uri

Voting underway for the third phase of urban local body polls. The polling began at 6:00 am and will continue till 4:00 pm at 300 polling stations across the state. Visuals from a polling station in Baramulla's Uri.

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