3174 booths going to polls in Phase-VI today
Jammu, Nov 30: Polling for Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls-2018 will be held Saturday at 3174 polling stations including 410 in Kashmir division and 2764 in Jammu division from 8 am to 2 pm.
According to the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra, 771 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive including 410 in Kashmir division and 361 in Jammu division.
He said 7156 candidates in the fray for 406 Sarpanch and 2277 Panch seats in Phase-VI while 111 Sarpanchs and 1048 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.
He said in the areas going to polls in Phase-VI, electorate of 597396 electors will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies and 457581 for Panch constituencies.
Kabra said Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) have been ensured in all the polling stations across the state for Phase-VI. Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling stations.
He said senior government officers have been appointed as General Observers to oversee the smooth, fair and orderly conduct of Panchayat Elections 2018. Expenditure Observers are keeping a watch on the expenditure by the candidates. In addition, for the poll day, Micro Observers have been placed in polling stations, particularly those considered hypersensitive. Besides, the Zonal and Sector Magistrates too have been deployed.
CEO said Control Rooms have been established in all the districts across the state to respond promptly to any complaints of violation of the Model Code of Conduct as also to disseminate information to the public. Security arrangements have been made including deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).
He said the government has declared holiday on the day of poll in the panchayat areas going to polls so as to enable the voters to cast their vote. He said special casual leave shall also be granted to the employees who have to go to other areas to exercise their right to franchise. As per standing guidelines, the Central government offices shall not be closed but the employees who are electors of the poll going wards and desire to exercise their franchise shall be offered reasonable facility to do so.
The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K appealed the voters to come forward and exercise their right to franchise in order to choose their local self-government to address their local needs.