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LC biennial polls today, 3 in fray for 2 seats
CEO reviews arrangements
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Apr 16: The polling for two seats from Jammu province under biennial elections to the Legislative Council will be held tomorrow.

Three candidates viz., PDP candidate Abdul Qayoom Dar, BJP candidate Vikram Randhawa and Congress candidate Thakur Balbir Singh are in fray for these two seats from Jammu province.

In this connection, the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K Shantmanu, who is also observer for the conduct of biennial elections to the Legislative Council, today visited Legislative Assembly Secretariat here and took stock of the arrangements put in place for the smooth conduct of elections to elect the Members of Legislative Council (MLC).

The Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) will cast their votes through open ballot from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The counting of votes and results will be declared tomorrow only.

Given the numerical strength of PDP-BJP alliance and NC-Congress combine, in all likelihood, PDP’s Abdul Qayoom Dar (being in first preference for coalition) is likely to sail through without any hiccup.

BJP’s Vikram Randhawa, fighting against unsafe seat, is locked in a keenly fought contest with NC-Congress candidate Balbir Singh, with the latter having better chances to make it to the Upper House in the present number game.

There were 8 candidates in fray for elections to 6 seats of the Legislative Council which will fall vacant due to retirement of 6 LC members on April 19.

Out of the total 8 candidates in fray, four candidates namely Yasir Reshi, G L Raina, Aga Syed Mehmood and Pradeep Sharma made their entry to the Upper House unopposed as there was no candidate in fray. One candidate Ashok Kumar Bhat withdrew his candidature.

Earlier this morning, the Chief Electoral Officer went round the Legislative Assembly Secretariat Central Hall, and enquired about the arrangements put in place there.

Briefing the Chief Electoral Officer about the arrangements, Secretary, J&K Legislative Assembly Mohammed Ramzan, who has been appointed as Returning Officer for the election, informed that all arrangements had been made with necessary paraphernalia, saying that the ballot box would be sealed in presence of authorized agents of the political parties before commencement of polling.

Chairing a joint meeting of officers of Assembly Secretariat and Election Department, the Chief Electoral Officer also discussed the procedure of voting and counting of votes threadbare.

Among others Joint Chief Electoral Officer Raman Kumar Kesar, Joint Director Information, Jammu Manisha Sarin, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Krishan Lal, Deputy Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly appointed as Assistant Returning Officer also accompanied the Chief Electoral Officer.


News Updated at : Monday, April 17, 2017
 
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