Voting Begins in Kashmir’s IVth Phase of Elections

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KL Report

SRINAGAR

Voting has started in all the 18 assembly constituencies at 8 am in fourth phase of ongoing assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

All the eight assembly constituencies of Srinagar district are going to polls today besides notified constituencies in Islamabad, Shopian and Samba districts.

This round of elections will seal the fate of 182 candidates including that of CM Omar Abdullah, PDP Patron and former CM Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

The ECI details read that over 14.73 lakh voters including 7.05 lakh females are eligible to exercise their franchise at 1,890 polling stations in four districts of the state – Srinagar, Islamabad, Shopian and Samba in Jammu region.

The fourth phase of elections is considered to be interesting as in the past the Srinagar district has majorly remained away from polls but witnessing of huge voter turnout in last three phases of election this winter has set all eyes on Sunday’s polling.

Presently, all the eight assembly seats of Srinagar district are held by ruling National Conference.

Reports said that people in Zadibal, Hazratbal and Bemina and Gund Hassi Bhat in Srinagar are waiting outside polling booths to cast their vote.

Meanwhile, reports coming from city centre Lal Chowk say that heavy deployment of forces have been made in Maisuma area in order to thwart any protests. Pertinently, the area witnessed protests late Saturday evening following which security was beefed up.

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