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Polling for 4 LC seats from Panchayat quota today
3 officials suspended in Ganderbal
SRINAGAR/ JAMMU, Dec 2: After 38 years, the elections will be held for the four vacant seats of Legislative Council (LC) from Panchayat quota tomorrow wherein the Panches and Sarpanches will cast their votes amid tight security arrangements.

More than 33,000 Panches and Sarpanches are to decide the fate of atleast 37 candidates in the fray.

In this connection, a high level meeting was also held at Srinagar today by Election Commission of India (ECI) Observer Shantmanu to review the election and security related arrangements.

In yet another related development, District Election Officer, Ganderbal on Sunday placed three officials under suspension for dereliction of duties pending enquiry to be conducted by ADC, Ganderbal.

The high level review meeting convened by ECI Observer Shantmanu was attended by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon, Inspector General of Police Kashmir S M Sahai besides other senior civil and police officers. The meeting reviewed the final arrangements for Monday's polls.

Meanwhile MoS Home Nasir Aslam Wani said the state government was committed to provide security to all the voters and the candidates so that the poll process passed off peacefully. Out of total 145 polling booths, 57 have been declared sensitive whereas 42 have been declared as hypersensitive where more security will be put in place.

Authorities said that at least 27 companies of paramilitary forces, 20 of them in Kashmir alone have been put on high alert to ensure peaceful polls.

Meanwhile all the security staff along with the polling material had been dispatched from district headquarters late in the afternoon amid high security cover to the polling booths. The staff reached the polling booths this evening amid security cover. The polling staff for far flung areas was flown by choppers.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir also reviewed arrangements with regard to smooth conduct of Legislative Council elections with all Deputy Commissioner through a video conference. He was informed that all the polling staff and election material reached the polling stations. Samoon also reviewed the arrangements made by the respective Deputy Commissioners for dispatching of the Electronic Voting Machines after polling to the counting centres.

“Polling material stands already airlifted to facilitate the voters of these areas,” informed the Divisional Commissioner.

The Divisional Commissioner assured that the election would be conducted in a free and fair manner and no violation of model code of conduct would be tolerated.

Divisional Commissioner also asked the representatives of the candidates to furnish details of the counting agents by December 4, 2012 so that security passes could be issued in their favour for counting of polled votes on December 06, 2012 at SKICC, Srinagar.

On the other hand, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir also convened a meeting with the chief election agents and representatives of various political parties and discussed various issues related to smooth conduct of election for two seats of Legislative Council

The meeting was informed that 17,912 voters will exercise their franchise in Kashmir division at block level where polling material has already been dispatched. It was further informed in the meeting that Election Commission had authorised setting up of four special polling booths at Karnah, Keran, Buda-Nambal and Jumgund in Kupwara district because of inclement weather and snowfall in the area.

DODA: Polling parties for all eight blocks of the district departed from Doda today to their respective places with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and other polling material for the J&K Legislative Council election for Panchayat Constituencies MLC-JI and MLC-JII, scheduled for tomorrow.

The polling material was distributed by the Assistant Returning Officers (Deputy Commissioner Doda) Farooq Ahmed Khan to the Polling Parties. Adequate security and other necessary arrangements have been made by the district administration for the smooth, free and fair conduct of polling in the district.

There are 16 polling stations in all eight blocks of the district, 2 polling stations per block in the district and accordingly 16 polling parties have been formed. One polling party will consists of one Presiding Officer and other Polling Officers. These EVMs and materials were handed over to the Presiding and Polling officers of the said number of Polling stations in the Strong Room, Tehsildars Office Doda.
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News Updated at : Sunday, December 2, 2012
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