Polls to nearly 13,000 gram panchayats likely in Feb
New Delhi, Jan 17: The elections to the nearly 13,000 vacant posts of panch and sarpanch in gram panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be held next month and a notification is this regard is expected to be issued on January 25, officials said on Friday.
If the polls take
place, it will be the first elections in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation
of provisions of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into union
territories in August last year.
The elections to
about 13,000 vacant posts of panch and sarpanch in gram panchayats is likely to
be held next month and a notification is expected to be issued on January 25, a
Home Ministry official said.
election process is expected to be over by February end.
The posts were
lying vacant since November last year when the elections to the local bodies
Out of Kashmir”s
20,093 panch and sarpanch seats, more than 12,500 seats have remained vacant
to the polls is likely to come amidst the visit of 36 union ministers to Jammu
and Kashmir beginning Saturday.
The 2018 polls to
the local bodies had witnessed poor participation with two major regional
political parties — the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) — boycotting it.