Last phase of ULB polls tomorrow, 250 candidates in fray


Srinagar, The last phase of the urban local bodies polls in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday will see nearly 250 candidates vie for 132 wards.

The four-phase elections began on October 8 and will end on October 16.

In the first three phases polls, a majority of people stayed away from polling booths in Kashmir Valley for where the turnout was at 8.3 per cent only in first phase, 3.4 in phase-II and 3.5 percent in penultimate phase.

Polling in both the phases was by and large peaceful in the first three phases of four-phase of election to urban local bodies, which has been boycotted by two main regional parties – the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Officials said on Monday that security arrangements have been put in place for smooth conduct of the their phase of elections which will take place from 6 am to 4 pm.

The third phase will cover a total of 132 wards in J&K, spanning five districts across the state, all of them in the Valley, officials said.
They said 260 nominations were received for these wards and after scrutiny and withdrawal, 249 contestants are in the fray for the polls.
As per official sources, Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) have been ensured in all the polling stations across the State for voting. They said Photo Voter Slips have already been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling station.
Senior government officers have been appointed as General Observers to oversee the smooth, fair and orderly conduct of polls, sources told. They said Control Rooms have been established in all the Municipal Bodies across the State to respond promptly to any complaints of violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) as also to disseminate information to the public. Adequate security arrangements, they said, have been made for smooth conduct of polling across the Valley.