Jammu, October 13: The polling for the third phase of local body elections in Jammu & Kashmir's Samba, Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla districts ended peacefully on Saturday. The total voter turnout recorded in Baramulla was 75.3%, in Samba it was 81.4%, in Anantnag, the voter turnout was 3.2% while in Srinagar it was a dismal voter turnout of 1.8%. Samba district recorded the highest voter turnout of 81.5 per cent in the Jammu region while the lowest poll percentage of 1.8% was recorded in Srinagar.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shaleen Kabra said that overall 16.4% polling was witnessed in the Phase-III of Municipal Polls-2018 across J&K today. The polling started at 6 a.m on Saturday and ended at 4 p.m. The municipal elections that cover 79 municipal bodies have an electorate of about 17 lakh. The elections are being held in four phases. The fourth and final phase of local body elections will be held on October 16 while the counting of votes is scheduled for October 20. Jammu & Kashmir: Separatists' Call Strike in Poll-bound Areas.
The overall voter turnout in the first phase of local body elections was 56.7 per cent, while in the second phase it was 30 per cent. In the third phase today, a total of 242 candidates - of which 84 are female candidates were in the fray for 56 wards of Samba district. The total number of voters in these districts are 31818 which include 15,510 female voters will cast their votes at 57 polling booths.