4- phase J& K local polls in Oct
Pooh- poohing the boycott decision of Jammu and Kashmir’s two major mainstream political parties — National Conference ( NC) and Peoples’ Democratic Party ( PDP) — and the reluctance of the Congress to participate in urban local bodies’ polls, the election authorities on Saturday announced dates for four- phased polling between October 8 and 16. The results will be declared on October 20.
Chief electoral officer ( CEO) Shaleen Kabra said that voting will be held on October 8, 10, 13 and 16.
The notification for the first phase will be issued on September 18 and that for phases 2, 3 and 4 on September 20, 22 and 24, respectively. As many as 17 lakh voters are registered for these polls, he said.
The last elections for local bodies, including two municipal corporations of the twin capitals Srinagar and Jammu, three municipal councils and 72 municipal committees, were held in 2005 and their five- year term expired in 2010. Mr Kabra said that with the