Srinagar : The final phase of the civic polls in Kashmir has begun in 37 wards in Srinagar and Gnaderbal districts of the valley on Tuesday morning. The Polling began at 6 am and is scheduled to end at 4 pm.
The final phase involves eight municipal bodies including the remaining 25 wards of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC). Only 24 wards are being contested by 112 candidates as in case of one ward, a candidate has already won the seat as nobody opposed him.
The other municipality that will witness contest is Ganderbal in the city’s immediate periphery on way to Ladakh. It has 17 wards of which the fate of five wards has already been decided as the candidates won without an opponent or were left vacant. It has 38 candidates in the fray on 12 wards.
As the polling was started early morning, the security has been beefed up at polling stations, in both the districts. Witnesses said that checkpoints have also been set up in both the districts.
In Srinagar, 3645 votes were recorded till 10:00 am with the percentage of (1.51%) and 556 were recorded in Ganderbal district with the percentage of (6.54%). The total number of percentage in both the districts was recorded (1.67%) by 10:00 am.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in polling bound areas in the valley, following the Joint Resistance Leadership shutdown call.