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J&K Govt notifies Panchayat by-elections, 501 seats lying vacant in Jammu division

Jammu and Kashmir Government has notified the conduct of Panchayat By-elections while 501 seats are lying vacant in the Jammu division.
However, Jammu Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma on Wednesday chaired meeting with Deputy Commissioners of the Division through video conference to discuss the arrangements for by-elections for vacant seats.
A threadbare discussion was held on various aspects and putting in place all necessary arrangements for smooth conduct of the election. The DCs apprised the Div Com about the number of vacant Panchayat seats in their respective districts and the requirements for smooth conduct of elections.
It was informed in the meeting that a total of 501 seats are lying vacant in Jammu division after elections of BDCs including 154 Sarpanches and 347 Panches.
It was further informed that total 121 Panchayat seats are lying vacant in District Kishtwar, 44 in Doda, 52 in Ramban, 27 in Reasi, 34 in Udhampur including 1 post of BDC, 50 in Kathua, 28 in Samba, 58 in Jammu, 42 in Rajouri and 45 in Poonch district.
The Div Com asked the DCs for early submission of details regarding the number of vacant seats, number of Polling stations and share requirements for security forces and other issues.
He also asked the Director RDD to establish contact and coordinate with District Administrations for the smooth conduct of elections.

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