Srinagar – The chief electoral officer, Jammu and Kashmir, who is also the election authority for conduct of Block Development Council elections in the state has appointed 143 Returning Officers and 145 Assistant Returning Officers, 145 Presiding and 290 Polling Officers to conduct the polls on 7th November 2012.
The timing of the polls will be between 9 am to 3 pm and the counting of votes shall be conducted immediately after on 7thNovember 2012.
The elections shall be conducted through the use of ballot boxes and ballot papers. Photo electoral rolls of all the panches and sarpanches have been prepared and will be used during the polling. There will be 145 polling stations for the conduct of these elections.
The Model Code of Conduct comes in operation with immediate effect.
In this connection, the government had issued a notification calling upon all Panchayat halqas in the state to elect sarpanches and panches. Besides, government had approved that the elections would be held on non- party basis for the establishment of Panchayati Raj Institutions at all the 3-tiers.
Subsequently, the elections for sarpanches and panches have been conducted. As per section 28 of the J&K Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, every Block Development Council (BDC) shall have a chairman who shall be a person qualified to be elected as a panch.
The chairman of the BDC shall be elected by the electoral college comprising of elected panches and sarpanches of halqa panchayats falling within the block. As per the latest electoral rolls of panches and sarpanches, there are 29402 panches and 4098 sarpanches in the state.
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