J&Okay: Bypolls to over 13,000 panch, sarpanch seats in 9 phases in November

2020/10 03 00:10

Written by Naveed Iqbal
| Srinagar |

October three, 2020 6:11:46 am


In 2018, elections to 39,521 sarpanch/panch constituencies in four,483 Halqa Panchayats have been carried out. (Representational Picture)

Bypolls to over 13,000 vacant panch and sarpanch seats in Jammu and Kashmir shall be carried out in 9 phases from early November.

The Administrative Council headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had final week authorised the proposal to conduct the by-elections and the notification is probably going by October 10.

In 2018, elections to 39,521 sarpanch/panch constituencies in four,483 Halqa Panchayats have been carried out. Of those, 13,257 positions are presently vacant resulting from resignations, removals, election of sarpanchs as Block Improvement Council chairpersons, deaths in addition to non-availability of candidates on the time of election. Amongst them, 1,089 vacancies pertain to the workplace of sarpanch, whereas 12,168 are panch vacancies.

Whereas giving the go-ahead for the bypolls, the J&Okay administration had acknowledged that “filling of the vacant constitutional posts will guarantee devolution of powers and correct grass-root planning within the Third-tier of the native self-government. It can be certain that the non-functional Panchayats turn into purposeful.”

Elections to the vacancies notified beforehand have been postponed resulting from “safety considerations” and the onset of Covid-19.

Previous to this, an apex committee chaired by Principal Secretary (Dwelling) Shaleen Kabra and comprising DG J&Okay Police Dilbag Singh, Extra Director Normal of Police (CID) RR Swain and 4 different members had been tasked with drawing a roadmap and schedule for conduct of elections to the vacant panchayats and BDCs throughout the UT.

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