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J-K: Campaigning ends for first phase, 15 constituencies to go polls on tommorrow

Jammu and Kashmir will vote from Tuesday in the assembly elections that have for the first time made the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a major power, much to the chagrin of the state’s established parties. Campaigning for the first phase of the assembly elections ended on Sunday.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2014 18:15 IST
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Jammu and Kashmir will vote from Tuesday in the assembly elections that have for the first time made the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a major power, much to the chagrin of the state’s established parties. Campaigning for the first phase of the assembly elections ended on Sunday.

A total of 72 lakh people are eligible to vote in the polls to pick an 87-member House. The five-phase election will end on December 20. Counting will take place on December 23.

More than 50,000 extra paramilitary troops have been sent to help the existing central forces and the state police to provide security to voters and polling venues. A total of 10,005 polling stations are being set up.

In the first phase, 15 constituencies in seven districts will vote on November 25. The second and third phases will see polling in 18 and 16 constituencies on December 2 and 9, respectively.
The fourth phase will be held on December 14 (18 constituencies) while the fifth and final round will involve 20 constituencies on December 20.

The term of the current Jammu and Kashmir assembly expires by the middle of January next year. A new House must be constituted before the expiry of the present assembly’s tenure.