Khabarindiaonline: In Jammu and Kashmir polling began today for the second phase of the municipal elections to seal the fate of 1,029 candidates in the fray across the state. Voting began at 6 am today morning amid stringent security arrangements. By 10 AM 36 per cent electorate had cast their votes in Reasi, 40 per cent in Kathua 30 per cent in Udhampur , 35 per cent in Ramban. In Doda over 36 per cent and in Kishtwar 34 per cent electorate had cast their votes.
Foolproof security arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth conduct of the polls. The voting is taking place at 544 polling stations across the state and would end at 4 PM. Of the 1,029 candidates – 881 in Jammu division and 148 in Kashmir division – are in the fray for 263 municipal wards, including 49 in Kashmir and 214 in Jammu.
A total of 65 candidates – 61 of them from Kashmir valley – have already won the polls uncontested, while in 56 wards – all in the valley – no nomination was received, so no polling is taking place in those places. As many as 270 polling stations have been designated for voting in Kashmir Division and 274 in Jammu Division. The total electorate in these wards is 3,46,980 – 1,28,104 in Jammu Division belonging to 18 Municipal bodies and 2,18,876 in Kashmir Division of five Municipal bodies.
In Ramban, polling has been cancelled in Ward No.2 due to the death of a candidate, Azaad Singh Raju because of heart attack when he was about to leave his house for casting his vote. ( Source: AIRN ).