Sharma Takes Stock Of Poll Preparations In J&K

3 November 2008

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer B R Sharma today asked the returning officers to ensure smooth, free, fair and transparent elections for the ensuing seven-phased assembly elections in the state. Sharma, who visited Bandipora district today, urged the returning officers and assistant returning officers (RO) to ensure smooth, free, fair and transparent elections and maintain close coordination with security personnel. Bandipora, Gurez and Sonawari in Bandipora district are among ten constituencies going to polls on November 17 in the first phase of elections in the state. Sharma asked the officials to ensure training regarding use of electronic voting machine to every voter. The District Election Officer Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad said 1,61,223 EPICs have been generated, polling material, including hand books, and EVMs distributed among RO's. Regarding law and order situation, Sharma said Zonal and Sectoral Magistrate would be deployed in all the three constituencies, which have been divided into 15 zones and 30 sectors. Ahmad said 237 polling stations have been set up to facilitate 1,86,069 electorates to exercise their right to vote in peaceful and transparent manner. As many as 149 candidates filed nominations for the ten seats. Of them nominations of 133 candidates have been found in order in Gurez, Bandipora, Sonawari, Leh, Nobra, Kargil, Zanskar, Poonch, Mendhar and Surankote on scrutiny on November one. Today is the last date for withdrawal of candidature in the constituencies going to polls in the first phase.