Voting started Tuesday morning for the second part of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir amid chilly circumstances and tight safety preparations, officers mentioned in Srianagr.
“Polling began at 7.00 am. Initial reports suggest that only a few people have so far turned out at polling stations due to early morning winter chill,” an official mentioned.
He mentioned the tempo of voting is predicted to choose up because the day progresses and temperature rises.
As many as 321 candidates are contesting within the second part of the DDC polls and voting is going down at 2,142 polling cubicles. As many as 7.90 lakh voters are eligible to vote on this part of elections.
Out of the 280 constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, 43 are going to polls within the union territory within the second part – 25 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu division.
Election can be being held in 83 sarpanch constituencies for which a complete of 223 candidates are contesting within the part two.
Also, by-polls are being held in 331 panch constituencies. Over 700 candidates are within the fray for these seats.
Authorities have declared all 1,300 polling stations within the valley as delicate.
“Almost all booths in Kashmir are sensitive from the security point of view. Additional security has been provided in the polling stations in the valley,” state election commissioner Okay Okay Sharma advised reporters on Monday.
He mentioned all safety preparations have been put in place and the areas have been secured.