Recently, Jammu & Kashmir Governor, N N Vohra mentioned in his media session that both the urban local body and panchayat polls in the state are going to be held next month in September. It is after several years that these polls have not been conducted in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Long Pending Local Bodies Polls to be finally conducted in Jammu & Kashmir
It seems like a long time that the polls for these local bodies are due in Jammu & Kashmir. The prolonged delay in the establishment of democratically-elected self-governing bodies at the base level in both Jammu and Kasmir’s rural and urban areas has accounted to great losses in considerable funds. This issue, however, seems to be resolved by the simple polls.
This news of conduction of polls was announced by Vohra in his Independence day speech at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium.
Adding on to this news, he announced that these urban local bodies will be soon held in next month while the panchayat polls will be held in coming October – December.
Polls to be conducted after 7 years in Jammu & Kashmir
After 2011, the polls for the local bodies and panchayat are going to be held this year in 2018. The responsibility of administering and organizing these elections is given to the governor’s administration. All the necessary amendments to the existing laws have already been made. It seems like the government is speeding up the process and logistical arrangements for undertaking both these elections.
Adding onto the announcement Vohra said that his administration is taking action to ensure the delegation of administrative, deployment of required staff, adequate funds, and logistical support availability so that all the municipalities and panchayats get all the support that they need as soon as they are established.
He also requested the full support of all the political parties in the state to provide full on support to the administrative body for improvement and efficiency of the election. He mentioned how this would help in restoring the peace and normalcy while enabling the state to take a bigger challenge.