J&K panchayat poll fourth phase on Tuesday, 99 sarpanchs, 969 panchs elected unopposed

J&K panchayat poll fourth phase on Tuesday, 99 sarpanchs, 969 panchs elected unopposed
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JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir will witness  fourth phase of panchayat elections on Tuesday. 

As many as 2618 polling stations across the state including 639 in Kashmir and 1979 in Jammu have been established for the polling which will begin at 8am till 2pm. 

Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra said that 777 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive including 571 in Kashmir and 206 in Jammu. 

He said that 5470 candidates are in fray for 339 Sarpanch and 1749 Panch seats while 99 Sarpanchs and 969 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.

He said in the areas going to polls, electorate of 472160 will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies while 332502 will be voting for Panch constituencies. “Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling station,” he said.

The last three phases of the election saw 

74.1 percent, 71.1 percent and 75.2 percent turnout, respectively, across the state. 

The poll results have been announced for all the three phases by the respective Returning Officers except some of the constituencies of Block Mugal Maidan, Kishtwar due to the re-poll ordered at Panch Constituency-01 Hirkhani of Panchayat Halqa Drubeel and Sarpanch Constituency of Panchayat Halqa Rahalthal. There re-poll will be held on Tuesday.

Kabra said the orders have been passed in various complaint cases as well as directions of the courts and wherever necessary notifications reappointing the election schedules have been issued. 

“All such orders/notifications are available at website of CEO J&K,” he said.

According to Kabra, senior government officers have been appointed as General Observers to oversee the smooth, fair and orderly conduct of panchayat polls. Also, Expenditure Observers are keeping a watch on the expenditure by the candidates. In addition, Micro Observers have been placed in polling stations, particularly those considered hypersensitive. Besides, the Zonal and Sector Magistrates too have been deployed.

The CEO said control rooms have been established in all the districts across the state to respond promptly to any complaints of violation of the Model Code of Conduct as also to disseminate information to the public. Security arrangements have been made including deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

He said the Government has declared holiday on the day of poll in the panchayat areas going to polls so as to enable the voters to cast their vote. He said special casual leave shall also be granted to the employees who have to go to other areas to exercise their right to franchise. 

As per standing guidelines, the Government of India’s 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 to do so.

The CEO appealed the voters to come forward and exercise their right to franchise in order to choose their local self-government to address their local needs

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir will witness  fourth phase of panchayat elections on Tuesday. 

As many as 2618 polling stations across the state including 639 in Kashmir and 1979 in Jammu have been established for the polling which will begin at 8am till 2pm. 

Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra said that 777 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive including 571 in Kashmir and 206 in Jammu. 

He said that 5470 candidates are in fray for 339 Sarpanch and 1749 Panch seats while 99 Sarpanchs and 969 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.

He said in the areas going to polls, electorate of 472160 will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies while 332502 will be voting for Panch constituencies. “Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling station,” he said.

The last three phases of the election saw 74.1 percent, 71.1 percent and 75.2 percent turnout, respectively, across the state. 

The poll results have been announced for all the three phases by the respective Returning Officers except some of the constituencies of Block Mugal Maidan, Kishtwar due to the re-poll ordered at Panch Constituency-01 Hirkhani of Panchayat Halqa Drubeel and Sarpanch Constituency of Panchayat Halqa Rahalthal. There re-poll will be held on Tuesday.

Kabra said the orders have been passed in various complaint cases as well as directions of the courts and wherever necessary notifications reappointing the election schedules have been issued. 

“All such orders/notifications are available at website of CEO J&K,” he said.

According to Kabra, senior government officers have been appointed as General Observers to oversee the smooth, fair and orderly conduct of panchayat polls. Also, Expenditure Observers are keeping a watch on the expenditure by the candidates. In addition, Micro Observers have been placed in polling stations, particularly those considered hypersensitive. Besides, the Zonal and Sector Magistrates too have been deployed.

The CEO said control rooms have been established in all the districts across the state to respond promptly to any complaints of violation of the Model Code of Conduct as also to disseminate information to the public. Security arrangements have been made including deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

He said the Government has declared holiday on the day of poll in the panchayat areas going to polls so as to enable the voters to cast their vote. He said special casual leave shall also be granted to the employees who have to go to other areas to exercise their right to franchise. 

As per standing guidelines, the Government of India’s 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 to do so.

The CEO appealed the voters to come forward and exercise their right to franchise in order to choose their local self-government to address their local needs