For the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Elections are the most awaited election. J & K Municipal Election 2018 is very important for them and for the nation as well. You know what the reason is, the last municipal election was held there in the year, 2005. It has been approx 13 years for them. Because earlier the parties, People Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) has announced for a boycott.
J & K Municipal Election – Reason behind the long Gap
The ex-CM Mehbooba Mufti, the PDP president, served the argument that there was a great uncertainty about 35(A) article. Therefore, she announced to boycott Jammu and Kashmir local body elections. Currently, the Governor is ruling Jammu and Kashmir, as there is no CM is appointed for now. She had resigned from the seat by 19th June 2018. BJP has withdrawn the support from the government so she has to resign. Thus, now, the J & K Municipal Election 2018 are back again. The 13 years’ long wait is just going to be over for the civilians there.
Ex-CM of the state, Mr. Umar Abdullah is again protesting against the local body elections. He is saying, we are not boycotting these local elections, but we are just staying our party away from this. Let’s see, what happens in elections in October.
Schedule for J & K Municipal Election 2018
It was already expected that the elections are going to happen in October month. Now, the dates are out. Recently, in a conference, the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Shaleen Kabra revealed the dates for Jammu and Kashmir local elections. As per his saying, J & K municipal election 2018 will be held in 4 phases. The election is distributed in four different dates of October month. These dates are – 8th, 10th, 13th and 16th of October. The timing for the elections is 7 AM to 2 PM. The civilians can vote at any time in between the 8 precious hours of the day. The counting will take place after the completion of every phase. The date for counting is October, 20th. That will be the day of Judgment when the Jammu and Kashmir will set the milestone after the long gap.
Jammu Kashmir Local Election – Security issues: a big threat
Jammu & Kashmir is the most disputed state of our country. We are usually to hear about bad incidents related to either by the state or by terrorism. Therefore, to conduct the election is a big deal for the governor. And more of that, it is happening after a long 13 years’ gap, suffering from lots of oppositions. So for the Governor Mr. Satyapal Malik, it is very important to run the whole election procedure with the great safety to the civilians. Some sources are saying, the terror organizations have issued the menace for the J & K municipal election 2018. Few SPOs are also resigning in the pressure of those intimidations. According to one officer, they are still strong enough. But, it is a matter of worry, let’s pray and hope for the best in October month.