Local council elections to take place in J&K on 24th October

The election authority has announced that the poll has been scheduled for the election of chairpersons of Block Development Councils (BDC) in the 310 blocks of Jammu and Kashmir. It will be held on 24th October. The notification for the election will be issued on 1st October whereas 9th October will be the last date for filing the nominations.

Chief Electoral Officer for J&K, Shailendra Kumar has said that the scrutiny of nominations will be done on 10th October, the last date for withdrawal is 11th October whereas the polling for these posts will be held on 24th October.

He added that the polling will be held from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm while the counting of votes will begin at 3.00 pm on the same day. The process of the elections for the second tier of the Panchayati Raj system will be completed by 5th November.

Kumar has also said that the elections will be held on party basis and 26,629 panchs and sarpanchs are eligible to vote and contest for the post of BDC chairpersons. The elections will be held through ballot boxes, which have already been despatched to respective headquarters.

Over 18,000 panchs and sarpanchs are eligible to take part in the elections in Jammu division. However, Kashmir division has only 7528 elected panchs and sarpanchs.

Around 69 BDC chairperson posts have been reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates including 21 women, 25 posts for Scheduled Castes and 78 posts for women from General  Category.

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