Schedule of General Elections to BDCs

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Srinagar – The government had issued a notification calling upon all the Panchayat Halqas in the State to elect Sarpanchs and Panchs. Besides, government had approved that the elections will be held on Non- party basis for the establishment of Panchayati Raj Institutions at all the 3-tiers.

Subsequently, the elections for Sarpanchs and Panchs 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 Panchs and Sarpanchs of Halqa Panchayats falling within the Block. As per the latest Electoral Rolls of Panchs and Sarpanchs, there are 29402 Panchs and 4098 Sarpanchs in the State.

The Elections shall be conducted through the use of Ballot Boxes and Ballot Papers. Photo Electoral Rolls of all the Panchs and Sarpanchs have been prepared and will be used during the polling. There will be 145 polling stations for the conduct of these elections.

The Election Authority ( Chief Electoral Officer, J&K) 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 also be conducted on 7th November 2012 after completion of polling.

The Model Code of Conduct also comes in operation with immediate effect.

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