Amid the ongoing polling in the fourth phase of maiden District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir, internet services have been snapped in the southern districts.
The services were suspended during the intervening night of Sunday-Monday.
Reports reaching Kashmir Bylines suggest the services were suspended in all the four districts of south Kashmir — Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama.
During the first three phases of the DDC polls, internet services were snapped in just two districts — Shopian and Pulwama.
“Some students ensured their presence through online mode during last three phases but others who belong to the same district couldn’t attend due to suspension of internet services in poll areas,” an official told KNS.
“However, in the fourth phase of DDC polls, it was decided to cut off the services in the entire district onwards so that students will be treated uniformly by examination authorities,” he said.
Meanwhile, except Anantnag, the said districts showed a dull start in polling. In Shopian, 100 people voted out of the total 8079 eligible voters till 11 am.
During the same time, in Kulgam, 1,297 votes were polled out of the total 36,207 that were scheduled to be cast today.
Similarly, 2,325 out of a total of 61,269 votes were polled in Pulwama during the same time.