Jammu and Kashmir panchayat election in March, first huge train after scrapping of Article 370

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar on Thursday (February 13) introduced that panchayat election within the vacant seats of the Union Territory can be held in eight phases in March. The first notification for the method can be issued on February 15, he added.

“First phase of elections will be held on March 5, second phase on March 7, third phase on March 9, fourth phase on March 12, fifth phase on March 14, sixth phase on March 16, seventh phase on March 18 and eighth phase on March 20,” mentioned Kumar.

Notably, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has determined to go forward with the panchayat elections at the same time as a number of high politicians of the area, together with three former chief ministers, are in preventive custody since August 5, 2019, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led authorities on the Centre determined to abrogate Article 370, which granted particular standing to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kumar added that panchayat elections for vacant posts of each block can be held and poll containers can be used in the course of the election. 

“From now onward,  Model Code of Conduct is enforced & it will be implementable in all the places where elections are being held. There will be 8 phases of elections. For Jammu division it is 4 phases, for Kashmir division it is 8 phases,” famous Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer.

It could also be recalled that round 60% of the whole panchayat seats in Kashmir remained vacant even after the final panchayat elections due to the boycott of the election.

Kumar additionally mentioned that the since no request has been acquired to carry elections in Union territory of Ladakh, the federal government has determined to not embrace Ladakh as of now. “In any case, Ladakh is snow-bound and it is very cold out there. So it is not feasible to have an election at this point of time,” Kumar remarked.