J&K fast gearing up for BDC polls

Poonch/Kargi: Jammu & Kashmir is fast gearing up for its first date with any democratic process since the abrogation of special status granted to the state under article 370 in August as it goes for Block Development Council polls on October 24.

Elections for chairpersons of BDC would be held for 310 blocks. For the upcoming BDC elections, the Chief Electoral Officer of J&K has appointed 79 observers for Jammu division, 63 for Kashmir and 16 for Ladakh division. The process of the elections for the second tier of the Panchayati Raj system will be completed by November 5.

Meanwhile, Poonch district of Jammu region will see 61 candidates contesting for the BDC polls. District Election Officer (DEO) Rahul Yadav said, “61 candidates will contest the upcoming BDC elections”.

A total of 92 candidates had filed nominations out of which 32 withdrew from the fray. Yadav appealed the candidates to observe and follow the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in letter and spirit.

In the Jammu region, the Jammu district will have 2,703 voters while in Rajouri there will 2,687, in Poonch 2,069,  Samba will have 893, total number of voters in Kathua is 2,186, Udhampur is  2,072 , in Reasi  1,339 voters, 1,150 in Ramban, 1,900 in Doda and 1,016 in Kishtwar.

Besides, in the Kashmir region, 2,783 voters will exercise their franchise in Kupwara, 1,450 in Baramulla, 584 in Bandipora, 374 in Ganderbal, 43 in Srinagar, 650 in Budgam, 132 in Pulwama, 82 in Shopian, 168 in Kulgam and 763 in Anantnag.

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