Municipal polls from Oct 1, Panchayat polls in November

Municipal polls from Oct 1, Panchayat polls in November
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SAC approves 4 phase for municipal polls, eight phases for panchayats

SRINAGAR: The State Administrative Council (SAC), chaired by Governor, Satya Pal Malik Friday decided to hold the elections to municipal bodies in four phases between Oct 1, and 5. The elections to panchayats would be conducted in Eight phases with polling dates between Nov 8 and December 4, an official handout issued here said.
It said that after extensive deliberations on various aspects and feedback received from the departments of Housing & Urban Development, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Home the SAC decided to commence the formal process for conducting municipal and panchayat elections in J&K and take all other consequential action as per law.
The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K was asked to adjust the schedules keeping in view security, operational and the polling requirements.
The SAC also decided to grant one month’s extra salary/wages/remuneration in favor of the staff engaged in the conduct of elections besides insurance cover to mitigate risks.
Voter education will be given special focus. For this purpose, the government will launch a sustained campaign to sensitize the voters about the importance of these elections in the socio-economic development at the grass root level.