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Security Boosted In Kashmir Ahead Of Local Body Polls, NC & PDP To Boycott Election

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| October 7 , 2018 , 12:01 IST

Ahead of the local body polls in the Kashmir Valley, the first phase of which take place on Monday for elections to 422 wards in 30 municipal bodies across 12 districts, security has been boosted in the area, with intensified checking and area domination, for smooth polling, officials said on Sunday.

"An elaborate security plan has been put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls," a senior police official said.

The local polls are being boycotted by Jammu and Kashmir's 2 main political parties, the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which along with the CPI(M) are staying away from the local polls in protest against the legal challenge in the Supreme Court to Article 35-A of the Constitution which grants the state special rights.

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From the 422 total wards in Kashmir, there would be no contest in 78 wards as the candidates have won unopposed.

The state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shaleen Kabra said "For this phase, 1,473 nominations were filed, and after scrutiny 1,441 nominations were declared valid. Subsequently, there were some withdrawals and 1,283 contestants are now in the fray for polls in the first phase.”

Inspector General of CRPF, Kashmir, Ravideep Singh Sahi said that adequate arrangements have been made for the security of the candidates.

"We have made adequate arrangements for the security of the candidates, their personal security as well as the accommodation arrangements, we have elaborate plan for that. Area domination, checking and operations have been going on so that trouble mongers are arrested and there is a general sense of security," the IG CRPF said.

"We have made elaborate arrangements for the security. Whatever force was required for the elections, has come and they are being deployed. They have been here for some time and they are adequately familiarised with the area. We have started area domination, check-points have been installed in various areas and we are working in close coordination with the police and army," Singh said.