A complete shutdown is being observed in the Kashmir valley as polling for the first phase of Panchayat elections began in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
Joint resistance leadership comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani , Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for a complete shutdown and asked people to boycott the polls.
At least 47 panchayat blocks will go to the polls in the first phase on Saturday in a nine-phased election process.
The election which is currently underway will be held in 16 blocks in Kashmir, 21 blocks in Jammu and 10 in Ladakh region.
Meanwhile the two major parties of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party have decided to stay away from the electoral exercise.
A complete shutdown is being observed in all the districts of the valley as shops and business establishments are shut while traffic is off the roads.
The security has been heightened across the valley to stop any untoward incident, in capital city Srinagar a complete shutdown is being observed even as the movement of public transport is almost nil.