Govt likely to hold polls for vacant Panchayat seats by March
Jammu and Kashmir government is likely to hold Panchayat elections for 60
percent vacant seats by March next year.
elections were conducted in November-December 2018 for 4483 Panchayat halqas.
There are 4483 Sarpanch and 35029 Panch seats in Jammu and Kashmir. However,
elections in 60 percent Panchayat seats could not take place due to varied
official at Election Office said Centre has told Jammu and Kashmir government
to initiate process for holding elections in vacant Panchayat seats.
Electoral Officer Shailandra Kumar also discussed with Lieutenant Governor GC
Murmu about holding elections for vacant Panchayat seats. Polls are likely to
be conducted in March next year,” he said.
official said issue is also being discussed with agencies to ensure adequate
security arrangements for the polls. “Majority of seats remained vacant as no
candidates were fielded in those constituencies. Most of these constituencies
fall in south Kashmir,” the official said.
said that final electoral rolls will be completed in two weeks. “After which
the final decision will be taken keeping weather factors into consideration,”
Tuesday, Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar also held a meeting with
divisional commissioners and IGPs of Jammu and Kashmir to discuss poll
Kashmir out of 20093 Panch and Sarpanch seats, only 6162 Panches and 1366
Sarpanches were elected while 12565 constituencies are lying vacant.
Jammu, 15800 Panches and 2289 Sarpanches were elected where 166 seats are lying
vacant. In Ladakh, 45 seats are lying vacant while as 1414 Panches and 192
Sarpanches were elected.
Conference, Peoples Democratic Party had boycotted the polls.
Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar said Centre has given an indication to hold
the process. “The process will be initiated when notification is issued,” he
official of Rural Development Department said that Centre has also directed
Jammu and Kashmir administration to empower Panchayats at maximum level.
are 21 departments including Rural Development, Social Welfare, Health,
Education, Power, Horticulture, Fisheries and Agriculture, which come under the
administrative control of Panchayat members, the official said.