Last Date To Withdraw From Contest Today
SRINAGAR (ONS) – With just one day left to withdraw nominations, 41 candidates are in the fray for four seats of the states legislative council reserved for panchayat members.
The polls are scheduled for December 3; counting of votes is to begin from December 6, and the process is likely to be completed by December 8.
All sixteen nominations in Srinagar have been approved while 3 out of the 28 filed in Jammu have been rejected after scrutiny.
Coalition partners Congress and the National Conference have fielded one candidate each from Kashmir and Jammu respectively, while the PDP has put two candidates each in the two regions for the contest, as has the Panthers Party.
The Panchayat Conference has fielded four candidates, namely Ghulam Mohiuddin Gulshan, Fazal Hussain Khan, Ghulam Nabi Dar and Prof Abdul Razzaq.
The Election Commission of India has appointed the divisional commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu regions as the returning officers of the polls, while deputy commissioners of districts have been designated as the assistant returning officers.
According to government officials, 145 polling centres are to be set up for the polls with a deployment of 290 electronic voting machines.
The process will see around 33,000 panchayat members across the state exercise their franchise.
According to election commission figures, the electorate in Kashmir stands at 17,912, and in the Jammu division at 15,628.
In the 36 seat Upper House, four are reserved for panchayat representatives and two for municipalties.
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