BUDGAM: No polling was held in three municipalities of central Kashmir’s Budgam district where the second phase of municipal elections was scheduled today, due to there being no candidate or just a single candidate who was declared winner unopposed.
After the first round of polling in the district on Monday, in which only a single ward went to polls, the three municipalities of Charar-e-Sharief, Magam and Beerwah were scheduled to go to polls today. However, no election was held anywhere as there was no choice that voters could exercise.
In Charar-e-Sharief’s 13 wards, 11 candidates won unopposed. The other two wards had no candidate.
Of the 13 wards in Magam, six had no candidate. Candidates in the other seven wards won unopposed.
In Beerwah’s 13 wards, only one candidate had filed nomination, on a BJP ticket. He had already been declared winner. The other 12 wards had no candidate.
Among all the six municipalities in the district, including Budgam, Chadoora and Khan Sahab, out of the total number of 72 wards, voting took place in just one — in the first phase of elections on Monday, in Budgam’s Ward-5 of Bazar Mohalla, where two candidates, one from BJP and the other from Congress, were in the fray.