The voting for the first phase of the panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir has begun at 8 am today. Voters cast their votes under the high security due to the boycott call by separatists and threats by militants. 427 candidates are fighting for the 536 Sarpanch Halqas and 5,951 candidates for 4,048 Panch wards for the first phase of the Panchayat polls.
The polling will be held in the six districts of the Kashmir, two in Ladakh and seven districts in Jammu region.
Militants have threatened to target or kill anyone for taking participate in the voting.
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Jammu & Kashmir: Voting underway for the first phase of Panchayat elections; Visuals from polling stations in Ganderbal (pic 1) and Budgam (pic 2&3) pic.twitter.com/cfa8RUEHm3— ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2018