Jammu/Srinagar:  Campaigning for the first phase of the urban local body (ULB) polls in Jammu and Kashmir ended Sunday, 24 hours before the start of voting in 422 wards spread over a dozen districts.

In first phase 1,283 candidates in fray  from 247 wards in Jammu, 149 in Kashmir, 26 in Ladakh.

The last Municipal polls  held in 2005.  2,990 candidates in fray for 4-phase elections covering 1,145 wards

Security forces have intensified for the smooth conduct of local body polls in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region, officials said Sunday.

In Kashmir valley govt is  providing cluster security. Most of the candidates have been taken to secure locations and some have been given a security cover.

The areas are being made safe through operations and increased presence of forces as well as through area domination

Deployment of forces has been worked out and sensitive areas have been taken care of.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday took a detailed review of the security situation in the state ahead of the first phase of the municipal elections.

The meeting discussed security arrangements made for the smooth conduct of the forthcoming elections to urban local bodies and panchayats and the need of a safe environment for the elections. (Agencies)


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