State to prepare tentative schedule for municipal polls

SRINAGAR: The governor on Saturday asked the authorities to prepare a tentative schedule for the Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies elections this year.
Governor, N N Vohra, held a meeting with chief electoral officer (CEO), J&K, Shantmanu, at Jammu to review the status of preparations for the upcoming Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies elections.
The CEO informed the governor that the preparations were on course and that the final electoral roll would become available before March 31.
“The governor directed the CEO to draw up a tentative schedule for holding of elections to all Urban Local Bodies this year,” an official spokesman said in a statement issued here.
Shantmanu, who has been designated as State Election Commission for holding Panchayat polls, informed the governor that preparations have also been started to hold Panchayat elections, which are due this year.
The governor observed that holding elections to Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats in the state this year would enable democratic decentralisation of powers to the institutions at the grassroots level in both the rural and urban areas.
The governor noted that the holding elections on time would secure the effective participation of people in the decision-making process while the elected representatives would be empowered to oversee the implementation the developmental programmes relating to their areas.
The spokesman added that the governor would hold separate discussions with the leaders of all political parties for evolving the schedule of elections.