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Jammu and Kashmir municipal polls: Final phase of voting begins.

Polling began in 36 wards in the fourth and final phase of the municipal polls in Kashmir valley on Tuesday morning.Polling began at 6 am and is slated to end at 4 pm.

In the final phase, the electorate will seal the fate of 150 candidates in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts. As many as 260 candidates will be contesting for 132 wards.Security has been beefed up at polling stations, while checkpoints have been set up in Srinagar and Ganderbal, where vehicles and commuters are being searched thoroughly to ensure seamless completion of polls.

Among the three polling phases, maximum voter turnout was recorded in the first phase in Jammu and Kashmir (56.7 per cent), while least voter turnout was registered during the third phase (16.4 per cent).

Two major parties- National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDP) – have boycotted the elections over lack of clarity in the Centre’s stand on Article 35A and 370.

Counting of votes cast during all four phases will be done on October 20.

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