Polling was underway on October 8 for the first phase of four-phased municipal elections in Jammu and Kashmir amidst stringent security arrangements put in place for smooth conduct of the elections.
For the first phase, 78 candidates have already been elected unopposed out of which 69 are from the valley.
Polling began at 7.00 am this morning and would end at 4.00 pm, officials said.
They said voting will take place at 820 polling stations across the state.
â€œ150 polling stations have been designated for voting in Kashmir Division and 670 in Jammu Division. In Kashmir Division, 138 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive while in Jammu Division, 52 polling stations have been categorised hypersensitive,â€� the officials said.
They said 1,204 candidates are in the fray for 321 municipal wards, including 83 in Kashmir division and 238 in Jammu division.
â€œThe total electorate for the first phase is 586064,â€� the official said.
They said massive security arrangements have been put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls.
Municipal elections, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh, are being held in four phases.
A total of 3,372 nominations have been filed for 1,145 wards. The next phases take place on October 10, 13 and 16.
National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and CPI(M) have boycotted the polls due to the legal challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution in the Supreme Court.