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.
Normal life affected in Kashmir valley due to strike called by separatists against local bodies' polls
The separatists, under the banner of the Joint Resistance Leadership, had called for a shutdown on Monday against the holding of the local bodies' polls in the state.
The first phase of civic polls began amid boycott calls by the two key parties in the state -- the National Conference and the People's Democratic Party.
A total of 1204 candidates including 207 from Kashmir are in fray while 78 have been elected uncontested, most of them from the Valley.
The state’s two major political parties - National Conference and PDP - along with smaller parties, have boycotted the polls by linking their participation to the Centre's stand on Article 35A.
About 190 candidates have been elected unopposed for first three phases of the polls.
A JKLF militant, Farooq was arrested by security forces during a cordon and search operation from Srinagar's Munawarabad area in September 1991.
Thirteen candidates of the BJP won unopposed in Shopian district and its state unit described the victory as a "historic win".
The filing of nomination papers for the four-phase municipal polls ended on Tuesday. Voting is scheduled for October 8, 10, 13 and 16.