‘Voting to take place from 6 am to 4 pm at 544 polling stations across JK’
SRINAGAR: The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, Shaleen Kabra Tuesday said that in the 2nd phase of Municipal Polls-2018, voting will take place at 544 polling stations across the State on Wednesday (today) from 6 am to 4 pm.
He said 270 polling stations have been designated for voting in Kashmir and 274 in Jammu.
The CEO said 1029 candidates are in the fray for 263 municipal wards including 49 in Kashmir and 214 in Jammu, going to polls in Phase-II. He said 881 candidates are in the fray in Jammu and 148 in Kashmir for Phase-II.
“In the areas going to polls tomorrow, the total electorate is 346980, with 128104 in Jammu Division belonging to 18 municipal bodies and 218876 in Kashmir Division of 5 municipal bodies,” he said adding that additional poll staff is being deployed at the polling stations with larger number of electors.
The CEO said that Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) have been ensured in all the polling stations across the State for voting. He said Photo Voter Slips have already been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling station.
Kabra said senior government officers have been appointed as General Observers to oversee the smooth, fair and orderly conduct of polls. “Expenditure Observers are also keeping a watch on the expenditure by the candidates,” he said adding that for the poll day, Micro Observers have been deployed in polling stations, particularly those considered sensitive/ hypersensitive.
“Besides, the zonal and sector magistrates have been deployed to ensure smooth conduct of polls as well as monitoring the entire process,” CEO said adding that the Deputy Commissioners are undertaking videography of all critical events related to the poll process.
Kabra said control rooms have been established in all the municipal bodies across the State to respond promptly to any complaints of violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) as also to disseminate information to the public. He said adequate security arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of polling across the State.
He said the government has also declared holiday on the day of poll in the municipal areas going to polls so as to enable the voters to cast their vote. He said as per standing guidelines, the central government offices shall not be closed but the employees who are electors of the poll going wards and desire to exercise their franchise shall be offered reasonable facility- by way of coming late to office/allowed to leave office early/short absence.
The CEO urged voters to exercise their right to franchise in order to choose their local self-government to address to their local needs.
The municipal elections are being held in four phases, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh. A total of 3372 nominations have been filed for 1145 wards. Days of poll are 8th, 10th, 13th and 16th October for these four phases.