ULB polls: No nominations filed in 177 municipal wards out of 624 in Kashmir

Cartoon by Anis Wani, FPK

Srinagar: No nomination papers have been filed by any candidate for 177 municipal wards out of a total 624 in the Kashmir, while upto 215 wards will return their representative unopposed, IANS reported.

The filing of nomination papers for the four-phase municipal polls ended on Tuesday. Voting is scheduled for October 8, 10, 13 and 16.

Since there are zero candidates in 177 wards, over one lakh voters would not be exercising their voting rights.

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Another one lakh voters in 215 other wards would also not exercise their franchise as each of these wards has just one contestant.

In south Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian, 177 municipal wards did not witness any filing of nomination papers.

The rest had just one candidate left in the fray.

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