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Poll notification likely on Saturday

The announcement of election schedule would bring all the areas falling under the jurisdiction of municipal bodies under the ambit of model code of conduct (MCC).

The chief electoral officer of J&K is likely to announce schedule and issue notification for urban bodies polls on Saturday, officials privy to the conduct of the polls told Greater Kashmir. 

 “As of now we have decided to go ahead with polls and so we have planned to announce the schedule on Saturday.  There are very less chances that polls would be deferred at this stage,” an official said.

He said there could be a slight change in the timeline approved by the state administrative council for holding the polls. On September 1, the SAC had decided that the elections to municipal bodies will be conducted in four phases between October 1 and October 5.

The announcement of election schedule would bring all the areas falling under the jurisdiction of municipal bodies under the ambit of model code of conduct (MCC).

J&K has 79 municipal bodies, including two municipal corporations. Apart from municipal corporations of Srinagar and Jammu, the state has 71 municipal committees and six municipal councils.

Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Wednesday reiterated that the elections to panchayats and municipalities will be held as per schedule. 

“There will be no change in the date [of municipal and panchayat polls],” he had said.

 The fate of polls had become uncertain after National Conference (NC) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) decided to boycott them until the Centre clarifies its position on Article 35A of the Constitution.

They had also claimed that the situation in the state is not conducive for holding these elections.

Congress, on the other hand, too has expressed its apprehension over the issue and said that the situation on the ground is not favourable for the exercise.

This newspaper had earlier this week reported that government, in a reversal from its earlier position, was mulling to hold polls on non-party lines to neutralise the poll boycott announced by major mainstream parties in Kashmir.

The last municipal election, which was conducted in the state during PDP-Congress rule in 2005, was held on party lines.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday granted bail to prominent Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, one of the accused in the J&K funding case, a year after his arrest by the National Investigation Agency, even as the court observed that the All Parties Hurriyat Conference was not a banned outfit un

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested a militant and an over ground worker in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

Source: Greater Kashmir

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