Polling was underway today for the bypoll in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency, from where Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is contesting, election officials said.

Starting on a slow note, voting picked up pace as 23 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 1 pm, an official spokesperson said.

There was no report of any untoward incident so far, the officials said.

He said out of 19,174 votes polled so far, 10,868 voters were male and 8,306 female.

The total number of registered voters in the assembly segment is 84,067 — 42,840 males and 41,227 females, the spokesman said, adding there are 102 polling stations in the constituency.

Voting picked up after a slow start in the morning due to the ongoing holy month of Ramzan, officials said.

They said there were some pockets in the constituency where the voting percentage is still less than 10, while in some places, there has been brisk polling.