5203 candidates in fray for Phase-II

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Nov 6: For the Phase-II of Panchayat polls, 1038 candidates are in the fray for 468 Sarpanch Halqas and 4165 candidates for 3610 Panch Wards across the State after scrutiny of nominations. Voting and counting for Phase-II of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on November 20.
According to Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra, 91 candidates are in the fray for 43 Sarpanch Halqas and 454 candidates for 337 Panch Wards in Kupwara; 40 candidates for 14 Sarpanch Halqas and 167 for 102 Panch Wards in Bandipora; 40 candidates for 47 Sarpanch Halqas and 49 for 395 Panch Halqas in district Baramulla; 29 candidates for 32 Sarpanch Halqas and 52 for 248 Panch Wards in district Ganderbal; 8 candidates for 33 Sarpanch Halqas and 5 for 257 Panch Wards in Budgam; 27 candidates for 54 Sarpanch Halqas and 38 for 410 Panch Wards in Anantnag; 89 candidates for 37 Sarpanch Halqas and 343 for 277 Panch Wards in Kargil; 54 candidates for 31 Sarpanch Halqas and 244 for 227 Panch Wards in Leh; 66 candidates for 18 Sarpanch Halqas and 238 for 130 Panch Wards in Kishtwar; 106 candidates for 29 Sarpanch Halqas and 434 for 209 Panch Wards in Doda; 71 candidates for 24 Sarpanch Halqas and 265 for 174 Panch Wards in Ramban; 151 candidates for 34 Sarpanch Halqas and 639 for 274 Panch Wards in Udhampur; 110 candidates for 25 Sarpanch Halqas and 457 for 195 Panch Wards in Kathua; 69 candidates for 19 Sarpanch Halqas and 323 for 145 Panch Wards in Rajouri and 87 candidates for 28 Sarpanch Halqas and 457 for 230 Panch Wards in Poonch.
According to the CEO, for Phase-I of the Panchayat polls, 427 candidates are in the fray for 536 Sarpanch Halqas and 5951 candidates for 4048 Panch Wards in the State for which voting and counting is scheduled to be held on November 17.
Giving details of Phase-I, he said 170 candidates are in the fray for 64 Sarpanch Halqas and 762 for 498 Panch Wards in Kupwara; 21 candidates for 20 Sarpanch Halqas and 81 for 146 Panch wards in Bandipora; 148 candidates for 63 Sarpanch Halqas and 630 for 497 Panch wards in Baramulla; 11 candidates for 15 Sarpanch Halqas and 21 for 105 Panch Wards in Ganderbal; 6 candidates for 5 Sarpanch Halqas and 9 for 45 Panch Wards in Srinagar; 35 candidates for 26 Sarpanch Halqas and 124 for 222 Panch Wards in Budgam; 51 candidates for 23 Sarpanch Halqas and 225 for 179 Panch Wards in Kargil; 64 candidates for 32 Sarpanch Halqas and 207 for 226 Panch Wards in Leh; 107 candidates for 50 Sarpanch Halqas and 494 for 358 Panch Wards in Kishtwar; 190 candidates for 52 Sarpanch Halqas and 626 for 364 Panch Wards in Doda; 89 candidates for 27 Sarpanch Halqas and 337 for 195 Panch Wards in Ramban; 162 candidates for 42 Sarpanch Halqas and 779 for 332 Panch Wards in Udhampur; 114 candidates for 29 Sarpanch Halqas and 450 for 209 Panch Wards in Kathua; 121 candidates for 35 Sarpanch Halqas and 469 for 253 Panch Wards in Rajouri and 162 candidates for 53 Sarpanch Halqas and 736 for 419 Panch Wards in district Poonch.
Meanwhile, the CEO today issued the notification for conduct of sixth phase of Panchayati Polls-2018 to elect Sarpanchs and Panchs.
The notification has been issued for block Arin in Bandipora, Sopore, Khaipora and Chandilwanigam in Baramulla, Lar in Ganderbal, Harwan in Srinagar, Nagam and Charar-i-sharief in Budgam, Newa and Dadsara in Pulwama, Chitragam in Shopian, Devsar and Pahloo in Kulgam District and Shahabad, Hiller and Verinag in Anantnag in Kashmir division.
In Jammu Division, the Panchayati elections will be held in the sixth Phase in Block Bhaderwah and Bhalla in Doda, Sangaldan and Gandhri in Ramban, Udhampur in district Udhampur, Thuroo, Thakrakote and Jij Bagli in Reasi District, Kathua, Hiranagar and Marheen in Kathua, Purmandal, Bari Brahamana and Vijaypur in Samba, Bhalwal and Marh in Jammu, Darhal, Thanamandi and Planger in Rajouri and Balakote and Mankote in Poonch.
According to the notification, the last date for filing nominations is November 13, the date for the scrutiny of nominations is November 14, the last date for withdrawal of candidature is November 16, the date on which a poll, if necessary, shall be held on 1st December, 2018 (Saturday) from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm, the date of counting is December 1 unless notified otherwise and the date before which the election will be completed is December 1.