All elected without election in Pampore, Achgooza

All elected without election in Pampore, Achgooza
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PAMPORE: All contestants in south Kashmir’s Pampore and Achgooza panchayat blocks were declared elected uncontested as there was no one standing against them. There were a total of 34 candidates who had filed their nominations and all of them were declared winners.
Officials told Kashmir Reader that nine Sarpanch candidates and 25 Panch candidates had filed nomination papers in Pampore and Achgooza blocks.
Pampore Block had 24 candidates, most of whom were migrant Pandits.
Of these 24 candidates, six had filed nomination for Sarpanch out of the 18 Sarpanch seats in the block, while 18 had filed for Panch in the total 138 constituencies.
In Achgooza block, three had filed nomination for Sarpanch and seven for Panch.
The contestants have already been provided with winning certificates, officials said.
Achgooza had a total of 11 Sarpanch Halqas and 93 Panch constituencies.
In Pulwama district there has been close-to-zero percentage voting in some blocks while no voting was held during elections in the previous phases.
The government had declared a holiday in the Panchayat constituencies going to polls on Saturday to enable voters to exercise their franchise.
The National Conference, the Peoples Democratic Party, and the CPI(M) have boycotted the panchayat polls due to the legal challenge to Article 35A of the Indian Constitution in the Supreme Court.
At least a dozen panchayat ghars have been damaged or set on fire in Kashmir since the announcement of urban and Panchayat elections.