11 districts vote in first J-K local polls in 13 years, initial turnout low

Jammu, October 8: Voting began in 11 districts of Jammu and Kashmir in the first of the four phases of urban local bodies elections Monday morning amid tight security in the first such polls in 13 years.

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Monday’s elections are being held for 422 wards out of a total of 1,145. The initial voter turnout has been tepid with only 75 votes cast in three wards in Srinagar in the first two hours, election officials said.

For Baramulla council, the response has been cold with just 37 people out of 937 casting their votes while no vote was polled in Azad Ganj ward of Janbazpora block of Baramulla district which has 1100 votes.

In Handwara, 31 voters out of 514 had cast their votes in the first two hours.