Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
SRINAGAR: Even as following the National Conference (NC), Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also decided to stay away from the forthcoming democratic exercise, Governor Satya Pal Malik is understood to have given his nod to holding of the Urban Local Body elections in Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of October.
Highly placed authoritative sources revealed to STATE TIMES that, following instructions from New Delhi, Governor Malik on Monday directed Chief Electoral Officer and administrative Secretary of Department of Elections Shaleen Kabra to go ahead with preparations for elections for 79 UBLs spread across.
Sources in office of Chief Electoral Officer said that the notification for mul-phased UBL elections would be issued any time on Wednesday, September 12. They said that in the recent meeting of State Administrative Council (SAC), Government had decided to hold UBL elections on party-basis from October 1 to October 5 and Panchayat elections from November 5 on non-party basis in around 16 phases.
However, following announcement of boycott by both the major political parties based in Kashmir, NC and PDP, Governor’s administration could assess afresh the proposal of holding the UBL elections on party basis. A decision to this effect could be taken on Tuesday.
Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam told media persons during their visit in Kulgam on Monday that the Government and the election authorities would proceed with the schedule of holding the municipal and Panchayat elections in the State without regard to boycott of the political parties.
“Panchayat polls are underway. Urban local bodies polls are on. A decision to this effect was taken in July. Electoral rolls have been revised, printed and finalized. In a few days, actual notification will be issued by the CEO. Panchayat elections will be held from November 5. The CEO will notify the dates…Within a week you will see the entire process rolling,” Subrahmanyam asserted.
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