Updated 05th November 2020 | 10:55 IST
The first-ever elections to the newly conceived District Development Councils (DDCs) within the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are going to be held over eight phases beginning November 28. The setting-up of 14 territorial constituencies or DDCs in each district was facilitated by an amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, by the Central government on October 17.
The members of the DDCs are going to be elected directly by voters within the Union Territory. alongside DDCs, bypolls for the vacant seats in existing urban and native bodies have also been scheduled. Elections for DDCs and concrete local bodies are going to be persisted party basis.
In the first set of elections to be held in J&K since the erstwhile state was split into two UTs, anybody ordinarily residing within the Union Territory of J&K for the past six months are going to be eligible to vote, even regardless of the person’s domicile status.
“Yes outsiders ordinarily residing in Jammu and Kashmir for the past six months are eligible to vote provided they get themselves registered as voters before the last date of notification issued for the concerned phase,” said Chief Electoral Officer Hridesh Kumar at a press briefing on Wednesday. The committee has no provision of identifying voters on the idea of domicile, he said.
Earlier, announcing the election schedule – DDCs, Urban and Rural Local Bodies – State Election Commissioner KK Sharma and Chief Electoral Officer Hridesh Kumar said separate notifications for the primary phase of elections and by-elections are going to be issued on November 5, followed by November 7 (second phase), Veterans’ Day (third phase), November 13 (fourth phase), November 16 (fifth phase), November 19 (sixth phase), November 21 (seventh phase) and November 21 (eighth phase).
Similarly, the polling for the primary phase are going to be persisted November 28, followed by December 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16 and 19. While counting of votes for panchs and sarpanchs are going to be on an equivalent day, that for DDCs and concrete body by-elections are going to be persisted December 22.
The entire process is scheduled to be completed by December 24.
Polling are going to be held for all 280 constituencies under the DDCs spread across all 20 districts of the UT (each having 14 constituencies), while by-election are going to be held for 234 vacancies in urban local bodies, including 230 in Kashmir.
Similarly, within the by-election for rural local bodies, 1,088 sarpanch and 12,153 panch constituencies getting to be|are”> are going to be going to polls within the eight phases.
While EVMs are going to be used during polling for urban local bodies, votes are going to be cast through ballot paper within the DDCs and rural local body polls.
Pointing out that the term of newly-elected DDC members are going to be for five years which of panchs and sarpanchss against existing vacancies for the remainder of the amount of the panchayat, Sharma said scheduled tribes are provided reservation within the DDCs on the idea of their population in respective districts. the ladies from ST communities will have reservations within the seats reserved for the community, he said.