Overall poll percentage in all four phases 35.1%
Srinagar (Kashmir - J&K), October 016: The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shaleen Kabra this evening said that overall 4.2% polling was witnessed in the 4th and Final Phase of Municipal Polls-2018 in Srinagar and Ganderbal today. Kabra said Ganderbal witnessed 11.3% polling in 12 Wards were 38 candidates are in the fray. He said Srinagar witnessed 4% polling were 24 Wards went to polls today.
The CEO said repoll was also held today at Polling Station No: 9 Bachidarwaza of Makhdoom Sahab (Ward No: 41) where 5 candidates are in the fray. He said the cumulative poll percentage in all the four phases is 35.1%.
The Counting of votes will be held on 20th October 2018, for which, Kabra said, all arrangements have been put in place. Municipal Elections-2018 were held in four phases, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh electors. A total of 3372 nominations were filed for 1145 wards.
CEO Reviews Counting Arrangements
The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra today reviewed arrangements put in place for the counting of votes on October 20 (Saturday) in all the districts of the State. The counting will start at 9.00 am.
In a video-conference with the Deputy Commissioners, Kabra while taking comprehensive review of the counting arrangements made in each district, lauded their efforts in ensuring smooth, free and fair conduct of urban local body polls across the state.
He complimented the DCs for having made adequate arrangements which resulted in smooth and hassle-free conduct of elections. Kabra issued necessary guidelines to the DCs regarding counting of votes besides ensuring presence of contestants or their authorized agents inside the counting hall.
Kabra directed DCs to personally monitor the counting and tabulation to avid any confusion. He said the staff has already been fully trained in counting of votes on EVMs. The Chief Electoral Officer stressed the DCs to gear up for upcoming Panchayat elections.
DEO takes stock of Counting Day preparedness
District Election Officer, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar today took stock of the preparedness for the Counting of the votes polled in the recently held Urban Local Body Elections. The counting of the votes polled for 154 Wards for One Municipal Corporation and Seven Municipal Committees of the district is scheduled on Oct 20, 2018 as elsewhere in the state.
The Jammu district went to polls on October 8 in which 2,81,889 voters of 4,41,635 electorates voted to choose their representatives in their respective wards. The DEO issued instructions to the concerned officers to make proper arrangements at the venue to ensure comprehensive, hassle free and peaceful counting process.
He informed that the counting process will commence from 9 am onwards till completion. Only authorized persons and vehicles will be allowed to enter inside the venue,” he added. Election authorities have made adequate arrangements for the counting of votes polled in the recently held ULB elections, the DEO said.
He directed the teams constituted for counting along with ROs to follow the set procedure and maintain discipline while discharging their duties. JMC and PHE department were directed to ensure clean sanitation arrangements and drinking water supply at the venue.
The DEO further informed that a joint Control Room of Police and Civil Administration and Media Centre have been set up for the smooth flow of election related information. Mock drill for the counting process will be conducted on Friday, October 19, he added.
The DEO also took stock of the security and barricading arrangements being made at the venue. He directed the concerned officers to ensure comprehensive and correct dissemination of counting related information and details. He asked the Traffic Police to prepare a comprehensive traffic management system for the diversion of vehicles for the convenience of the general public.
Meanwhile, The DC visited the counting rooms to assess the sitting arrangements made for ROs, AROs and counting agents and directed for establishing more counting rooms. During his visit, the DEO also passed necessary instructions pertaining to issuance of ID cards, counting rounds, sitting arrangements, availability of Fire tenders and many alike.
Later, the DEO held an interactive session with ROs and other polling officers. He appreciated their efforts for achieving a good voter turnout percentage in the district.The DEO was accompanied by ADC Jammu Rishpal Singh, SDM South, Shrikant Balasahib Suse,Joint Commissioner JMC P S Manhas , Deputy DEO Ahmed Zaffar Banday,SP Vinay Kumar, Principal, Government Polytechnic College, Arun Bangotra besides other concerned officers.