Srinagar, Oct 13: Low polling was recorded in Srinagar and Anantnag while Baramulla in north Kashmir and Samba in Jammu region recorded brisk voting in the third phase of municipal elections on Saturday.
So far, the polling was by and large peaceful as unprecedented security arrangements have been made to foil any attempt by militants to disrupt the polling. Polling started in all polling stations at 0600 hrs and will end on 1600 hrs, officials said.
Long queues could be seen outside the polling booths in border town of Uri, where about 40 per cent votes were polled during the first four hours. Overall, 35 per cent votes were polled in Baramulla till 1000 hrs, an official spokesman said.
However, situation elsewhere in the valley, where polling was going on, voters stayed away in most areas.
An official spokesman told UNI that in Srinagar only 0.9 votes were polled during the first four hours. It was 2.1 per cent in Anantnag in south Kashmir.
Former National Conference (NC) spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattoo, who resigned from the party and contested as an independent candidate, cast his vote in the uptown. Rejecting allegation that he was puppet of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Junaid said he was contesting as an independent candidate. The National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had entered into an alliance with the BJP and both the parties are now misleading people, he said.
The spokesman said 40.3 per cent polling was recorded in Samba in Jammu region till 1000 hrs and large number of voters are coming to exercise their democratic right.
The areas going to polls in ... picking up from para three of DR 4 “ ELECTION JK POLLING”.(UNI)