4- phase J& K lo­cal polls in Oct

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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

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