“Polling parties were sent in advance on Sunday for the second phase of Panchayat elections in block Billawar, Lohai Malhar and Duggian of Kathua District”, District Panchayat Election Officer, Rohit Khajuria informed and added that second phase of Panchayat elections will be held on November 20.
For the second phase of panchayat elections, 1038 candidates are in the fray for 468 sarpanch halqas and 3610 candidates for 610 panch wards across the state, for which voting and counting is scheduled for November 20.
In Jammu, voting for second phase will hold in Doda, Kathua, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, and Kishtwar where as in Kashmir, it will take place in Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Badgam, Ganderbal and Kupwara while in Ladakh, the polls for pnchayat elections will also be taking place in regions of Leh and Kargil.
The polls for next phase will be held on 24 Nov, 27 Nov, 29 Nov, 1 Dec, 4 Dec, 8 Dec and 11 Dec respectively.
The timings for second phase of elections is from 8 am to 2 pm in the afternoon.
The District Panchayat Election Officer instructed the Returning Officers to visit their allotted Halqas well in advance in order to get detailed on spot assessment of accessibility, security, counting plan as well as lighting arrangements required during polling and counting.
He also instructed the ROs to submit the layout plan of counting centres to Election Centre well in advance.
In all 585 poll parties were dispatched for smooth conduct of elections in 25 Panchayat.
ADC Kathua, Ghanshyam Singh Bali, Dy DEO, Chand Kishore Sharma, ACR , Jatinder Mishra and Tehsildar were also present on the occasion.