Amid tight security, voting in first phase of local body polls begins

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 8th: Under a heavy security blanket, the first phase of urban local body polls is currently underway in Jammu and Kashmir. Voting begins for 422 of the 1,145 wards in the first of the four phases of urban local bodies elections.

Voting begins in 11 districts in the first of the four phases of urban local bodies elections.Voting begins in districts of Anantnag-4 wards, Budgam-1 ward, Bandipore-16 wards, Baramulla-15, Jammu-153, Kargil-13, Kupwara-18, Leh-13, Poonch-26, Rajouri-59 and Srinagar-3 wards, in the first of the four phases of urban local bodies elections.Mobile Internet services have been suspended in South Kashmir in the view of the first phase of urban local bodies elections. Mobile Internet speed has been reduced to 2G in other parts of the Kashmir valley. As many as 2,990 candidates are in the fray for the four-phase election, which will end on October 16.Voting has began at 7 am and will end at 4 pm.Around 240 candidates have been elected unopposed, majority of them from the Kashmir valley.The BJP has said that it has got control over seven municipal committees in Kashmir Valley as 75 of its nominees have been elected unopposed.