Municipal elections: Amid shutdown polling for second phase begins

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Srinagar: The second phase of the Urban Local Bodies polls stated on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir.

A total of 1,029 candidates are in fray across Jammu and Kashmir.

Government has put in elaborate security measures for “incident free” polling as the voting began at 6 am.

Officials said that the voting would take place at 544 polling stations across Jammu and Kashmir would end at 4 pm.

881 candidates in Jammu division and 148 in Kashmir division – are in the fray for 263 municipal wards, including 49 in Kashmir and 214 in Jammu.

As many as 270 polling stations have been designated for voting in Kashmir Division and 274 in Jammu Division, they added.

The officials said the total electorate in these wards is 346,980 – 128,104 in Jammu Division belonging to 18 Municipal bodies and 218,876 in Kashmir Division of five Municipal bodies.

The joint resistance leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for a shutdown in the poll bound areas while government has declared holiday for the day in the municipal areas concerned.