Polling Underway for 3rd Phase J&K, Jharkhand Polls

Ranchi/Srinagar, Dec 09: The polling is underway for the third phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand on Tuesday.

According to an Election Commission official, around 30 percent polling has taken place in Jharkhand till 11 am. Ignoring boycott call, the Kashmiri people were seen in long queues to franchise their votes in the polling stations in the Kashmir valley today.

The polling began on Tuesday in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir in the third leg of the five-phase Assembly elections amid tight security. The voter turnout in urban areas has been good so far in both the states. Cricketer MS Dhoni's wife Sakshi cast her vote in Ranchi.

The EC expected good turnout this time too in Kashmir despite threats from the militants and recent gun battles in which 21 people including 11 security forces were killed in the state.

In Jharkhand, heavy exchange of gunfire between security forces and Naxals reported near Kendua Pahari under Dhanwar Assembly constituency in Giridih district.

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