Srinagar: The fourth and final phase of polling for civic polls in Jammu and Kashmir began on Tuesday amid tight security. Heavy security bandobast has been put in place near the polling stations. Officials said arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the polls which will continue till 4 PM.
Of the total 132 wards, only 36 wards are going for polls today, in which 150 candidates are in the fray — 38 in Ganderbal and 112 in Srinagar. Five candidates from Ganderbal and one from Srinagar have been elected unopposed.
National Conference, along with PDP and CPI(M), have boycotted the polls due to the legal challenge to Article 35-A of the Constitution in the Supreme Court.
The voter turnout in the first two phases of the civic polls in the valley has been low. The first phase of the polls in the Kashmir Valley saw 8.3 per cent turnout on October 8 while only 3.4 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise in the second phase held two days later.
A total of 3.49 per cent voter turnout was recorded on October 13 in the third phase of the urban local body polls in militancy-hit Kashmir Valley, while a high turnout of 82 per cent was recorded in Jammu’s Samba district on Saturday. Unlike previous two phases, the third phase didn’t witness any major incident of violence anywhere.
The results will be declared on October 20.