Jammu region's Samba district recorded an overwhelming 66 per cent voting during the first six hours in the third phase of the state's municipal polls.
Polling began on a very dull note in all the 49 municipal wards in the second of four phase elections in the Kashmir valley amid unprecedented security arrangements.
Voting began at 6 am on Wednesday morning amid stringent security arrangements, officials said.
Separatists including Malik have called for a boycott of these elections.
The latest expulsions of three workers from Ramban district has raised the number of such ousters to 11 within a week.
ULB elections are scheduled to take place in four phases beginning October 8 and the panchayat polls will be held in November-December in nine phases.
He added that involvement of people from mainstream parties like the National Conference and the PDP could also not be ruled out.
The CPI(M) is the third political party after National Conference and People's Democratic Party to stay away from the polls scheduled to be held from next month.