Mechanism In Place For Smooth Conduct Of Polls: Sharma   

K K Sharma – File Photo

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir State Election Commissioner (SEC) K K Sharma on Wednesday said that elaborate measures have been undertaken for the smooth conduct of District Development Council (DDC) elections and Panchayat bypolls in the Union Territory.

Sharma was interacting with the representatives of different political parties including the BJP, Congress, National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Bahujan Samaj Party here.

The maiden DDC polls along with by-elections for panchayats and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are being held in eight phases in Jammu and Kashmir, beginning on November 8.

On the arrangements being made to ensure smooth and hassle-free conduct of elections, the SEC said a foolproof mechanism has been put in place, besides ensuring synergized coordination between different departments involved in the process.

Responding to the demands and suggestions of the political parties, Sharma assured them that these would be looked into and redressed properly.

He said the parties should also actively participate in the elections which would go a long way in further strengthening the democratic setup, besides taking governance to the district and grassroot level across the union territory.

Meanwhile, the SEC along with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Hirdesh Kumar launched the Systematic Voter Education and Voter Participation (SVEEP) activities in view of the upcoming polls.

Sharma said the main purpose behind initiating SVEEP is to sensitise voters regarding the importance of their vote and inspire them to exercise their franchise in a non-partisan and idealistic manner.

“SVEEP activities have also been going on earlier as well but now with the assistance of NGOs, student community, youth clubs and other partners of government, semi-government departments and other institutions, the activities will be run in full steam at central as well as at district level,” he said.

On the day of launch, Sharma released six radio jingles in Kashmiri, Dogri, and Hindi on the electronic medium with the motive to raise awareness among the masses, the spokesman said.

Apni Party, DSSP Allotted Common Symbols

Jammu & Kashmir State Election Commission on Wednesday allotted common symbols to Altaf Bukhari-led Apni Party and Lal Singh-headed Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan Party (DSSP) for the upcoming district development council (DDC) polls.

According to an order issued by the State Election Commission, Apni Party, which is unrecognized registered party, has been allotted “bat” as common symbol for the polls.

The DSSP has been allotted “Tractor Chalta Kissan” as symbol for all phases except the first phase of DDC polls.

As per the order issued by the SEC, these unrecognized registered parties will get common symbols in DDC polls.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Apni Party was formed after abrogation of Article 370 by Central government.

Lal Singh had floated his own political party in 2019 after he was forced to resign as minister in Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government for addressing a rally in solidarity with the culprits involved in the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old child in Kathua.

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