Srinagar, October 20: The result of municipal polls in Kashmir valley will be declared today. Counting of votes for urban local body (ULB) elections across Jammu and Kashmir will begin at 9:00 am. The four-phased local elections concluded in the state on October 16, recording an overall 35.1 per cent voter turnout in the state. Catch live updates on urban local body elections result from Kashmir region here.
Elections to urban local bodies were held in Srinagar, Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Budgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Baramulla and Kupwara districts of Kashmir region in the state. Of the 598 wards in Kashmir, 231 candidates were elected unopposed while there were no candidates on 181 wards. For the remaining 186 seats, the contest is between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. Catch live updates on Jammu municipal elections 2018 results.
Over thirty per cent of wards in these 40 urban local bodies across Kashmir valley will remain unrepresented. Two major regional parties the National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted the municipal polls because of the legal challenge to Article 35-A of the Constitution in the Supreme Court. Separatists in the valley had also asked the people to boycott polls. Fourth Phase of Municipal Polls in Jammu and Kashmir Ends Peacefully.
Article 35A disallows people from residing in Jammu and Kashmir, buying or owning immovable property in the state, settling permanently, or getting state government jobs. A total of 3372 nominations were filed for 1145 wards across Jammu and Kashmir with poll dates of October 8, 10, 13 and 16. The maximum voter turnout was recorded in the first phase in Jammu and Kashmir (56.7 per cent), while least voter turnout was registered during the fourth phase (4.2 per cent).