SRINAGAR (KNS) – Forty candidates belonging to different parties and groups today filed nominations for elections to the 4 vacant seats of the state Legislative Council under panchayat quota.
Among the nominations, 16 were filed in Kashmir division whileas 24 nominations were filed by candidates in Jammu division before different Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers.
15 candidates filed their nomination papers before Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, who is the Returning Officer for conducting the elections for two seats of J&K Legislative Council from Kashmir Constituency of Panchayat quota, while as one candidate filed his nomination papers before Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla.
Prominent among the candidates who filed their nomination forms include Ghulam Nabi Monga of Congress, Ali Mohammad Dar of National Conference, Peer Mohammad Hussain and Yasir Reshi of PDP.
Eight Independent candidates, two candidates of National Panthers Party and one candidate from BJP also filed their nominations.
The Panthers Party candidates who filed their nominations are Dr Mohammad Iqbal and Mohammad Maqbool whileas Ashraf Ali of Leh filed nominations on behalf on BJP.
Pertinently, the Peoples Conference has fielded Mohammad Kamaal Malik from Budgam for nominations for the Legislative Council Elections. It has also decided to support Khursheed Ahmed Malik from Anantnag with equal vigour, said the party spokesperson in a statement here.
Independent MLA from Langate Constitutency of Kupwara, Engineer Rasheed has also fielded two Sarpanches as candidates backed by him.
Among prominent members who filed their nominations from Jammu include a Sarpanch of Assar Doda Sham Lal Bhagat of Congress, who submitted his paper to the Divisional Commisioner Dodain his chamber on Friday in presence of MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori. The N ational Conference candidate Shahnaz Ganai also filed her nominations today.
Ved Mahajan and Gurmeet Singh of PDP have also filed nominations for election to the two seats in Jammu Division.
Pertinently today was the last date for submission of nomination forms. These forms will be scrutinized on November 17 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is November 19, upto 1500 hours. The poll is scheduled to be held on December 03.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India had earlier enforced Model Code of Conduct across the jammu and Kashmir state. The EC has banned all official meetings of government functionaries and ministers with panches and Sarpanches. Transfers and attachments of staff enlisted for election duty has also been banned by EC.
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