Electioneering to End Today

SRINAGAR – With the electioneering process set to close on Saturday, campaigning for the upcoming Legislative Council polls is on its peak with various parties and candidates trying to garner maximum number of votes to ensure victory.

Amid accusations and counter accusations between the two main contesting sides, politicians, ministers and panchayat bodies are reported to be trying to reach out to maximum panchs and sarpanchs to make a last minute bid for earning their support.

Sunday will be an off day for campaigning as the polls are set to be held on Monday, Dec 3, across various block headquarters in both Kashmri and Jammu divisions.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, who is also the returning officer for the LC elections has called meeting of officials on Friday evening for finalizing arrangements for the polls.

The meeting is also set to review the position of polling material and its supply to various polling booths in time. Apart from the polling material and staff issues, the security situation is also expected to be discussed in the meeting, which according to sources, will also be attended by top police officials.

“Certain super sensitive areas with regard to security have been identified and a final review will be conducted to ensure free, fair and secure polls”, the sources said.

Pertinently, the elections in valley for 2 LC seats scheduled for Monday are to be contested mainly between the NC-congress coalition candidates and the candidates of opposition PDP.

The coalition has fielded Ghulam Nabi Monga of Congress and Ali Muhammad Dar of the NC whileas the PDP had fielded Yasir Reshi and Peer Muhammad Hussain, with the contest expected to be a nail biter.

About 35000 panchs and sarpanchs, elected for various halqas in the state form the electorate for the polls, which are being held on December 3 with each member eligible for casting two votes. 

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