In the first of the five-phased Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir today, 15 constituencies are underway polls. 12 sitting MLAs, including seven ministers, are among 123 candidates trying their luck.
BJP MP Thupstan Chhewang and his family cast their ballot at Lamdon School in Ladakh
Seven ministers are seeking re-election in the first phase – Nazir Ahmad Khan Gurezi (from Gurez), Mohammad Akbar Lone (Sonawari), Mian Altaf (Kangan), Sajad Kichloo (Kishtwar), Abdul Majid Wani (Doda), Nawang Rigzin Joa (Leh) and Vikar Rasool Wani (Banihal). 5 legislators seeking a re-election are PDP’s Nizamudding Bhat (Bandipora), Congress candidates Ghulam Mohammad Saroori (Inderwal), Sharief Niaz (Bhaderwah), Ashok Kumar (Ramban) and National Conference’s Tsetan Namgyal (Nobra).
92 year old Urgain Chorol, with DEO Simrandeep Singh cast her vote at Chanspa in Leh
The constituencies going to polls are Kishtwar, Inderwal, Doda, Bhaderwah, Ramban and Baniha in Jammu division. Gurez, Bandipora, Sonawari, Kangan and Ganderbal in Kashmir division. Nobra, Leh, Kargil and Zanskar in Ladakh division.
Large no. of Voters at a polling station in Ramban
Youth showing inked fingers after exercising their ballot
A total of 10,502,50 voters, including 5,49,698 males and 5,00,539 females, besides 13 transgenders are eligible to exercise their right to franchise in the first phase of the polls.
Elderly voter casts his vote at Ramban
92 year old Urgain Chorol cast her vote at Lamdon School Chanspa in Leh
Polling Station 103 A, Safapora, Sonawari
Voting begins in Jammu and Kashmir, amid tight security
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