Electoral office begins exercise for conducting panchayat polls in vacant seats

Electoral revision to complete by Dec 26: CEO

SRINAGAR: Ahead of conducting elections in vacant Panchayat segments, J&K electoral office has started a process for revising electoral roll in Jammu and Kashmir.
J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shalinder Kumar told Kashmir Reader that his office has started the process for revision of rolls which will be completed by December 26.
“Once this is done, the process for holding election in left out segments will be started,” he said.
More than 12,000 seats of sarpanchs and panchs are vacant despite the last year’s “successful” panchayat polls. According to data from electoral office, 699 panchayat halqas, candidates were elected unopposed.
According to electoral office, after the exercise for revision of the roll is completed, a notice will give 15 days time-frame for any objections or corrections.
This means that the elections are expected to be held next year.
This will be the first electoral exercise after the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state was downsized into a Union Territory. Amid boycott by NC, PDP and Congress, the government conducted elections for second tier of panchayat system last month in which only sarpanchs and panchs were eligible to vote.
It is now known whether NC, PDP and Congress will participate in the elections as they stayed away from the previous exercises. This created a history as BJP which had failed to open account in the Muslim majority region emerged on the top with more than 1200 sarpanchs and panchs.

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