JAMMU — Around 17 lakh electors are eligible to vote in the four-phased local body and municipal polls in Jammu and Kashmir from October 8, an election department official said.Two major regional players National Conference (NC) and People's Democratic Party (PDP) - have boycotted the urban Local body (ULB) and panchayat polls in the state."As many as 16,97,291 electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in 1,145 wards across the state of J&K in four phases from October 8," a senior election department officer told PTI.Out of the total 1,145 wards of municipality and Local bodies, 90 wards have been reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and 38 for Scheduled Tribes (ST), which include 31 and 13 wards reserved for SC and ST women, respectively, he said.In addition to this, 322 wards have been reserved for Women belonging to open category, the officer said.The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has the highest number of 6,63,775 electors with 74 wards followed by the … [Read more...] about 16.97 Lakh Electors Eligible To Vote In 4-Phased Local Body Polls
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Srinagar, Oct 3: It is a big event, but the campaign has been a relatively quiet one. The focus of the entire machinery is to ensure that local and urban body polls in the state of Jammu and Kashmir passes off peacefully. The polls scheduled for October and November has been marred by controversy relating to Article 35 A of the Indian Constitution. Both the main players in the state, National Conference and PDP pulled out of the elections over the issue. The fight is now between the BJP, Congress and a huge number of independents. While the campaign so far has been low-key, there is no dearth of candidates. Scores of youth have thrown their hat into the ring and would be contesting as independents. Also Read | J&K local body polls: Ex-militant is now BJP candidate from Srinagar So far there are around 851 candidates who have filed their nominations for the seats in the 598 wards and 40 municipal bodies in the Valley. Across the state there are 1,145 seats to contested in the … [Read more...] about Will Kashmir’s local body polls give rise to a new breed of politicians?
Editor's note: With municipal and panchayat elections round the corner in Jammu and Kashmir, Firstpost will run a series of ground reports on different aspects of the polls, as well as the state of panchayati raj institutions and how they can empower democracy at the grassroots. The series will also look into the state of security arrangements, as voters and candidates face threats of attacks by militants. Read part , part II, part III and part IV of the series here. *** Baramulla: As the countdown to elections to urban local bodies (ULB) and panchayats begins, the electoral process in the Kashmir Valley is throwing up surprises with each passing day. While some candidates of the BJP have been elected uncontested from municipal committees in south Kashmir, a ‘youth activist’ has plunged into the electoral fray along with two family members in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Baramulla district has two councils, 88 wards … [Read more...] about Jammu and Kashmir local body polls, Part V: Boycott by NC, PDP opens up field for BJP, independents
The Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) on Wednesday called for boycott of the upcoming municipal and local body elections and urged the government employees to abstain from work on the polling days.Reports reaching news gathering agency Global News Service said that JKCSCC leaders including Muzaffar Shah, Advocate Mir Javed, Jagmohan Singh Raina addressed a news conference here in Srinagar and urged people of the state to boycott the upcoming municipal and local body polls to defeat the nefarious designs of RSS and BJP aimed to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.ANC chief Muzaffar Shah said that Jammu and Kashmir is passing through a crucial phase as deliberate attempts are being made to change the demography of the state by settling non-locals in the state. He said BJP and RSS were using every method to seek revocation of Article -35A and Article 370.“So, it is the responsibility of every regional party and individual, irrespective of … [Read more...] about JKCSCC calls for boycott of municipal, local body polls
Vadodara: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that urban local body and panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be held as per schedule. Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of a BJP party workers' meet, Singh said these polls would give all parties an opportunity to interact with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. File image of Union minister Rajnath Singh. News18 The state's chief electoral officer announced Friday that a four-phase election to urban local bodies from 8 October. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra had said on 16 September that panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in nine-phases on a non-party basis beginning 17 November. "Around 58 lakh electorate will be eligible to vote in the 35,096 panchayat constituencies. The notification for the first phase will be issued on 23 October," he had said. Kabra had told reporters here that counting of votes would take place on the same day or the very next day. The two major … [Read more...] about Rajnath Singh says panchayat, urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir to be held as per schedule