October 2018 News

No Elections In 169 Kashmir Wards

3 October 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Samaan Lateef

Srinagar: At least 169 municipal wards in Kashmir will have no polls. One candidate withdrew from the elections on Wednesday, the last date of withdrawal of nominations for the third phase of the polls. As per the latest figures, at least 179 candidates in Kashmir are likely to win the elections without contest, while 250 wards will face election in the next two weeks. According to official figures of the chief electoral office, at least 426 nominations were found valid from the 14 municipalities of J&K falling under the third phase of the election process. The last date of withdrawal of nomination for the fourth phase is October 5. The polling for 79 municipal bodies will be held in four phases on October 8, 10, 13 and 16. At least 10 candidates have won uncontested from 13 wards of north Kashmir's Hajin, while eight have won uncontested from Sopore. Similarly, four candidates have won uncontested from south Kashmir's restive Tral town and one candidates from its neighbouring Awantipora. Official figures reveal that eight candidates from Ashmugam, eight from Pahalgam, and one from Seer Hamdan municipalities of the south Kashmir have won the elections uncontested. In Phase-I, out of 149 wards in Kashmir, the Congress, BJP and Independents have won from 69 wards uncontested, while as 23 remained vacant. Only 46 out 166 wards in Kashmir will face elections in Phase-II as candidates from 60 wards won uncontested. The remaining 60 didn't find candidates. In the third phase, out of 151 wards in the Valley, at least 49 candidates have won uncontested, while 46 have remained vacant. In the fourth phase, out of 132 wards, 40 have remained vacant. As per the latest figures, at least 179 candidates in Kashmir are likely to win the elections without contest, while 250 wards will face election in the next two weeks.

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