Jammu, Nov 9: Election Commission has issued notification for holding elections to four seats of Legislative Council reserved for rural local bodies (Panchayats) on December 3. The elections are being held amid security concerns being expressed by the voters, which comprise of Sarpanchs and Panchs.
As per the notification, two seats are to be filled from Kashmir division and two from Jammu region. The last date for filing nomination papers has been fixed for November 16. Scrutiny will be held on November 17 while nominations can be withdrawn till November 19.
As per the notification, Sarpanchs and Panchs from each division will be participating in the elections for their respective regions only.
Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council has a total strength of 36 out of which six seats – four from rural local bodies and two from urban local bodies' quota – are lying vacant. The polls for these seats have not been held for last more than four decades. The Election Department will be setting up around 286 polling stations in 143 blocks of the State and Electronic Voting Machines will be used for conducting the elections.