SRINAGAR: In the ongoing scrutiny of candidates who have filed nominations for municipal elections to be held in October, 1,283 candidates have been cleared in the total 1,145 wards in the state, Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir, Shaleen Kabra said here on Saturday.
Interestingly, 69 candidates in Kashmir valley will face no opposition, most of them in south Kashmir where 30 candidates are the lone ones in their ward. This figure is followed by central Kashmir where 24, and 19 in north Kashmir facing no competition. Also, nine candidates from Jammu division are standing unopposed.
Udhampur district is leading with the highest number of nominations at 129. In the Valley, Srinagar is leading with 81 contesting candidates, followed by Anantnag with 58 candidates.
Addressing a press conference here at Old Secretariat, Shaleen Kabra said that the scrutiny of nomination papers for the two phases of municipal polls has already been done and the scrutiny of phases three and four is going on.
“The process for phase one in 11 districts ended yesterday for 422 wards, in which 1,473 nominations were filed out of which 1,441 candidates were declared valid. After some withdrawals, 1,283 would be finally contesting,” Kabra said.
“In phase two in 13 districts, a total of 1,198 nominations was filed in 384 wards out of which 1,177 were declared valid,” he added.
He said that for phases three and four, the nominations are being filed with the final date of phase three ending on Saturday and for phase four the nominations can be filed up to October 1.
“Overall, the response has been positive and the number of the nominations is very substantial,” Kabra said.