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Political parties may be asked to hold rallies at designated places
Panchayat elections
1/19/2018 11:14:24 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Early Times Report
Srinagar, Jan 19: The security agencies would make a proper road map for security in the upcoming Panchayat polls in Kashmir and candidates would be asked to hold rallies at designated places.
As government has announced that Panchayat elections to be held from February 15, the political parties have started their door-to-door campaigning in the Valley to garner support for the party candidates.
A senior official at the Civil Secretariat said that State Election Commission has sought the report from the J&K government on the security situation in the state. "Now the security agencies are making a proper road map for holding panchayat elections in the state," the official said.
"The state administration, including security agencies do not want to take any chances that could disturb further situation in south Kashmir. Ensuring peaceful election campaign and polls under present circumstances seems a tough task," the official said.
"The security forces want to continue counter militancy-related activities," the official added.
The official said that it was not possible to provide security to each Panchayat candidate. "It has been decided to ask them to hold rallies at designated places," he added.
The south Kashmir is the most volatile area where the militancy related incidents have increased for the last few years.
Sources said the security agencies will advise the political parties to hold rallies at "designated places". "Security forces will draw a plan to ensure trouble free panchayat polls. Designated places have been earmarked for rallies given the precarious security situation," a senior security official said.
A senior official posted at Divisional Commissioner Kashmir office said the security agencies will ask contesting candidates to follow formulated security guidelines for the upcoming polls. "The candidates will been advised to inform security forces before holding any election rally in their respective areas. The election rally will only be allowed at secured places," the official said, adding, "the security forces sansitise roads to election rally venues".
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