Srinagar: The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of J&K, Shaleen Kabra has said that overall 16.4% polling was witnessed in the Phase-III of Municipal Polls-2018 across J&K on Saturday.
Kabra said in Jammu division 81.4% polling was witnessed in 4 ULBs of district Samba that went to polls 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.
Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Leadership said that the Government of India should pay heed to the message sent by the people by rejecting the polls.
In a tweet, Chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said:
Instead of going for cosmetic and coercive measures to continue the status quo,it’s time Govt of India pay heed to the clear message emanating from the rejection of these“elections” by the people.They want resolution of the dispute once for all &peace for them & ppl of South Asia
— Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) October 13, 2018