Municipal polls: Boycott of past 20 years proved futile, negative, says Sajad Lone

Municipal polls: Boycott of past 20 years proved futile, negative, says Sajad Lone
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Srinagar:  Peoples Conference (PC) chairman and MLA Handwara, Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said that his party has boycotted elections for more than 20 years in the past and the futility and disadvantages of boycott are well established with the common people bearing the brunt of inadequate and lack of representation.

Addressing reporters in Handwara after casting his vote, Lone said, “I wish all the candidates good luck and hope the new elected representatives serve the people with zeal and honesty.”

He said the local body elections provide an opportunity to the people to elect representatives for their day to day local issues and decentralizes governance.

“A local ward representative is able to take into account local grievances more effectively. In these elections we have to vote for the people and I personally have cast my vote for the people and hope elected local representatives help in strengthening the modes of governance,” Lone said after casting his vote in Handwara.