J&K municipal elections to be held in 4 phases from October 8

J&K municipal elections to be held in 4 phases from October 8

Courtesy : Jammu bureau17/09/2018 20:52

 Jammu and Kashmir municipal elections will be held in 4 phases from October 8-16 and counting will take place on October 20, news agency ANI reported Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra as saying.

According to Kabra, elections will held on October 8, 10, 13 and on 16th while people can cast their votes from 7am to 2pm.

Shaleen Kabra said, "Municipal Elections shall be held in 4 phases. Date of polling would be Oct 08, Oct 10, Oct 13 & Oct 16. Counting shall take place on Oct 20 after all the phases are over. Poll hours will be from 7am to 2pm."The last municipal polls in the state were held in 2005.

Meanwhile, National Conference (NC) and People's Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier announced that they will boycott the crucial urban body elections and panchayat polls over Centre's stand on Article 35A.

Both parties have cited protection of Article 35A as the reason for boycotting the polls. BJP general secretary and J&K in-charge of the party Ram Madhav appealed to both NC and PDP to rethink about the panchayat poll boycott, this is unlikely to have any impact on the widely announced decision. Highly placed sources in Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the centre is firm on going ahead with the elections despite huge security constraints. Top level sources said that panchayat polls, which were last held in 2011, were already delayed by two years.

The municipal polls are being conducted after a gap of 13 years, the last elections were held in 2005, while the panchayats' five-year expired in June 2016. Untimely demise of former CM Mufti Sayeed on January 7, 2016 and unduly delay in new government formation eventually led by his daughter Mehbooba Mufti pushed the election dates. In July 2016, killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani plunged Kashmir valley into widespread unrest and street violence claiming close to 90 lives and injuries to hundreds. The situation remained turbulent in 2017 with security forces finally reigning over terrorist by end of the year with the much successfully touted Operation all out. Once again, Centre was keen to go ahead with elections in April-March, this year, but PDP desisted.

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