Government issues notification for BDC polls

Elections, Results On Nov 7; Code Of Conduct Comes Into Force


Srinagar, Oct 3: After much delay, Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday issued the notification for conduct of polls to 143 Block Development Councils (BDC) in the state. The polls will be held on November 7 and the results would also be declared the same day.
With the announcement of the election schedule, the model code of conduct has come into force in the state.
Pertinently, the elected Sarpanchs and Panchs in the state comprise the electoral college for BDC polls. As per the latest electoral rolls, there are 29402 Panchs and 4098 Sarpanchs in the State.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Umang Narula said that elections would be held on November 7 to elect chairmen of 143 BDCs.
“After completing all preparations including summary revision of the voter list, we have issued notification for holding the polls and 145 polling booths will be set up for casting votes for electing second tier of Panchayati Raj system,” he said, adding that two extra booths have been set up at Qaimoh and Kellar blocks to facilitate voters as each of these block falls in two districts. While Qaimoh falls in Kulgam and Islamabad (Anantnag) district, Keller falls in Pulwama and Shopian districts.
“In every block, there will be one polling booth located at block headquarters on the voting day,” he said, adding that results would be declared at block headquarters.
“The model code of conduct has come into force with the publication of notification,” Narula added.
An official in office of CEO told Greater Kashmir that 143 Returning Officers and 145 Assistant Returning Officers have been appointed while 145 Presiding and 290 Polling Officers would be appointed for the conduct of BDC polls.
“As per Section 28 of the J&K Panchayati Raj Act-1989, every BDC shall have a chairman who shall be a person qualified to be elected as a Panch. The Chairman of the BDC shall be elected by the Electoral College comprising of Elected Panchs and Sarpanchs of Halqa Panchayats falling within the Block,” he added.
The announcement of BDC elections has come at the time when the government has been facing severe criticism from various quarters including the senior leaders of main coalition partner Congress for delaying the elections to the BDCs and District Planning & Development Boards to establish the three-tier Panchayati Raj system in the state.
Meanwhile, government today said notification for conduct of elections to the Municipal Councils and committees would be issued shortly.
The information was given in a high level meeting convened under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand. Minister of State for Urban Development, Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary Home Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary Housing & Urban Development, Suresh Kumar, Additional Director General of Police, K Rajendra, Chief Electoral Officer, Umang Narula and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
The Deputy Chief Minister directed the CEO to complete all the formalities within the shortest span of time, so that the elections would be conducted to ensure the democratic decentralization of the powers. He said that by holding the elections to the Municipal Corporations and Committees the development of the urban areas would be given a fillip.
Tara Chand also directed the officers to see to it that the bottlenecks, if any should be removed and they should work in a coordinated manner to ensure that these elections are completed within the shortest span of time.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST

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