|All preparations done for BDC elections, BJP leading race|
|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, Oct 23: With Block Development Council Chairperson Election to be held on Thursday, all the preparation and security measure are done to conduct smooth ballot vote. While as BDC election will be the first election after post removal of Article 370.
The centre abrogated Article 370 on August 5 and the state Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories. While as the announcement of Block Development Council Chairperson was made by Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar.
An official said that all the preparations are made to conduct the smooth BDC election across the three regions. He added that whatever is required is done to make first election after removal of Article 370 in the region.
It is pertinent to mention here that first Panchayat election were held in the State in the year 2018 in nine phases from 17th November 2018 to 11th December 2018. The election process was completed by 17th December 2018. A total of 23,629 Panches and 3,652 Sarpanches were returned by the respective returning officers.
While as it is to be notified that in terms of Rule 102-A of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Raj Rules 1996 and the government called upon all the Panches and Sarpanches to elect Chairperson of the Block Development Councils. There are 26,629 electors, which 8313 are females and 18316 are male. The ballot boxes will be used.
"There are total number of 26,629 electoral in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, while as there shall be one polling station for one Block Development Council and accordingly 310 polling stations have been set up in the State, one each in each block, where elections are being notified", official said.
After the final withdrawal of nominations, there are 1065 candidates in fray for the election of Chairpersons for the BDC. In District Kupwara, there are 101 candidates, in Baramulla 26, in Ganderbal 28, Srinagar 5, Budgam 58, Pulwama 11, shopian 4, Kulgam 18, Anantnag 55, Leh 36, Kargil 38, Doda 74, Kishtwar 44, Ramban 43, Reasi 39, Udhampur 58, Kathua 72, Samba 36, Jammu 82, Rajouri 76 and Poonch 61.
Among 1605 candidates, reportedly 853 candidates are independents and 239 are from different political parties. However, main regional parties are not participating in the BDC Election; while as most political leaders are detained at several places.
The decision of government to hold BDC election also comes with the information that there are around 11,000 panch and more than 800 sarpanch, vacancies in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Despite so many vacancies elections are being held in the region.