SRINAGAR, Sept 29: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shaleen Kabra, today said that 1283 candidates are in fray for 422 Municipality Wards across the State for the first phase of polling that is being held on October 8.
Addres-sing a press conference here this evening, Kabra said substantial number of nominations have been filed across the State including Kashmir valley.
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The CEO said for three wards of Srinagar Municipal Corporation going to polls in the first phase on October 8, 11 nominations have been filed, out of which eight were found valid after scrutiny. “In the second phase, 20 wards are going to polls in Srinagar and the number of nominations filed till date for this Phase is 88”, he said.
For the 3rd Phase in Srinagar, the CEO said 85 nominations have been filed for 26 Wards. He said the final figure of nominations will be announced after all the formalities are complete. He said for Srinagar Municipal Corporation, there is hardly any Ward, which is going unopposed.
Kabra said for the first phase nomination process has ended and the list of contesting candidates is being finalized while the process for second phase is on and will end with the list of contesting candidates being finalized on October 1.
While giving details regarding nominations filed so far across the State, the CEO said that for the first phase, a total of 422 Wards out of 1145 in the State are going to polls. He said for this Phase 1473 nominations were filed and after scrutiny 1441 nominations were declared valid. He said that subsequently there were some withdrawals also and 1283 contestants are now in the fray for these 422 wards in the entire State.
Kabra said, for the second phase, 384 Wards of 30 Municipal bodies are going to polls for which 1198 nominations were filed out of which 1177 nominations were found valid after the scrutiny. “And since there is still time to withdraw the nominations, so we will have final list of contesting candidates after 3 pm on Monday”, he added.
The CEO said that the total number of nominations so far received, in all the phases are put together has crossed 3400 approximately. And for Phase 3rd the last date of nomination was today while for phase four the last date of nomination is October 1.
In district Anantnag, 66 nominations were filed out of which 58 were found valid after scrutiny. Baramulla has 40 while Bandipora has 48 nominations.
Kabra said in Jammu province, a total number of 743 nominations have been filed comprising 454 wards of both JMC as well as Municipal Committees.
Rajouri and Poonch too have been in the first phase, and will be going to polls on October 8. “There is one uncontested contestant in Poonch, three in Thannamandi and one in Nowshera”, he added.
The Municipal polls are going to be held in four Phases starting from October 8. Polling date for Phase-II is 10th October, for Phase-III, 13th October and for the final Phase, 16th October.