The first election is going to be held after the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and making it a Union Territory. This election will be done through ballot paper, the Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir has given this information. According to the report of the news agency ANI, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to conduct local body elections (panchayat elections) in the union territory.
Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar said, “Panchayat elections for the vacant posts of each block will be conducted using ballot box. It will be conducted in eight phases. ” This will be the first major political exercise after the Center repealed Article 370 of the Constitution in August last year. After the removal of Article 370, the state’s status has been taken away from Jammu and Kashmir and it has been converted into a Union Territory. At the same time, Ladakh has been made a separate union territory.
Jammu and Kashmir is now ruled by the Center. GC Murmu has been appointed as the Lieutenant Governor to look after the affairs of the Union Territory. The new status also means that the law and order here is now controlled by the Center. While Ladakh does not have an assembly and will be directly governed by the Union Home Ministry through the Lieutenant Governor, Jammu and Kashmir will have an assembly and will function largely on the lines of the Delhi model.
The removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir was one of the major promises of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the May 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Out of 20,093 Panch-Sarpanch circles in Kashmir, 12,565 are vacant. Only 6162 Panch and 1366 Sarmpach have been elected. In Jammu division, 15,800 panches and 2289 sarpanches were elected, while 166 seats of panch-sarpanch are vacant. In Ladakh, elections have been held for 1414 Panch and 192 Sarpanch seats while 45 seats are lying vacant.