Urban local bodies polls in J-K to begin from Oct 8

SRINAGAR: Urban local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be conducted in four phases starting October 8, State election commission said on Saturday.

With the announcement, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the State.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shaleen Kabra said, “We shall be starting the local bodies elections for municipal bodies first and then the panchayat elections.

“The municipal elections will be four phased and it will be held on party-basis,” he told reporters here.

He said for the first time electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in the local bodies polls while migrant voters will be able to vote through postal ballot.

Kabra said the notification for the first phase will be issued on September 18.

“The last date for filing nominations for the phase will be September 25 while the date of withdrawal of nominations will be September 28. The date of poll for the first phase will be October 8,” the CEO said. (AGENCIES)