Jammu and Kashmir elections will be held in four phases between October 8 to October 16, Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra announced on Saturday evening. The counting shall take place on October 20 after all the phases are over. The voting will be held on the given dates between 7 am to 2 pm. With the announcement of polls, Model Code of Conduct came into force in the state, the J&K CEO said.
“We shall be starting the local bodies elections for municipal bodies first and then the panchayat elections,” Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shaleen Kabra said. “The municipal elections will be four phased and it will be held on party-basis,” he added. For the first time, electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in the elections, Kabra further added. The notification for the first phase will be issued on September 18. “The last date for filing nominations for the phase will be September 25 while the date of withdrawal of nominations will be September 28. The date of poll for the first phase will be October 8,” the CEO said.
For the third phase, the notifications will be issued on September 22, while the last date for filling nominations for the phase will be September 29. “The date of withdrawal of nominations will be October 3 and the date of poll for the third phase will be October 13,” he said. The CEO added that the notification for the last phase will be issued on September 24 and candidates can submit their nominations till October 1.
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