Will hold free and fair elections: DEO Ramban

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RAMBAN: District Election Officer (DEO), Showkat Aijaz Bhat, Sunday said that the polls under phase-II on Oct 10 will be held in all the three municipal committees of the district.
The poll hours would be between 7am to 4pm and counting of votes will be held on Oct 20, he said.
“The DEO appealed voters to turn up at polling booths on poll day to participate in the elections to the urban local bodies. He also discussed the importance of the polls for strengthening democratic institutions at grass root level,” the statement said.
He informed that out of 18 polling stations, four have been designated as sensitive and 14 as normal. He said that out of 21 wards of three MCs of district three of MC Banihal have been elected unopposed.
Total 6606 voters including 3228 females have been registered in three MCs of the district. In Ramban 1842 including 876 females, in Banihal 1959 including 953 females and in Batote 2805 including 1406 females will exercise their right to franchise.
On security for the polling stations, the DEO said, “Administration has put in place a foolproof security plan for all the polling stations. We have looked into all the aspects and would hold free and fair elections.”
He also informed that to conduct free and fair elections micro observers have been deployed for all the polling stations. He said that a control room has been established for the redress of grievances and complaints.