On October 20, counting of votes in J&K urban local body polls

first_imgCounting of the votes polled in the urban local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir was done on Saturday. The four-phase election between October 8 and 16 was held amid tight security. While there was moderate to heavy polling in Jammu and Ladakh, the Kashmir Valley saw an abysmally low voter turnout. The polls were a direct contest between the BJP and the Congress, with the National Conference and the PDP boycotting the process. Nearly 17 lakh voters were eligible to vote for 79 urban local bodies, but polling was held only for 52. No voting was held in 27 civic bodies in the Valley because there was no candidate or only one candidate had filed nomination. In the Valley, there were no signs of any electioneering as militant outfits had threatened to target the elections. Pictures show paramilitary troops guarding a polling station in Srinagar and an armoured vehicle at a deserted booth.last_img

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