3.5 per cent polling recorded in Kashmir, 16.4% overall in Phase-III of ULB polls

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Srinagar: The third phase of the election to Urban Local Bodies also recorded a low turnout in Kashmir as only 3.5 per cent electorate cast vote in Valley.

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shaleen Kabra said that overall 16.4% polling was witnessed in the Phase-III of Municipal Polls across J&K.

Kabra said in Jammu division 81.4% polling was witnessed in 4 ULBs of district Samba that went to polls today while Kashmir division witnessed average 3.5% polling with Municipal Committee Uri recording the highest of 75.3 % voting. The lowest poll percentage of 1.8% was recorded in Srinagar.

In Jammu division highest polling percentage of 85.73% was recorded in Bari Brahamana ULB, the CEO said.

He said the cumulative poll percentage in all the three phases till date is 41.9% with 68.4% voting recorded in Jammu division and 6.7% in Kashmir Division. The final phase of the Municipal Polls is scheduled to be held on 16 October 2018.

Kabra said that 365 candidates were in the fray for 96 wards of 8 Urban Local Bodies for the 3rd Phase comprising a total electorate of 193990 electors.

The CEO said that due to non-replacement of EVM in time, repoll shall be held at Polling Station No: 9 Bachidarwaza of Makhdoom Sahab (Ward No: 41) on 16 October 2018.

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