Tuesday, May 1, 2012

EC approves schedule for election to four seats of MLCs

The Election Commission of India (ECI) nowadays approved the proposal for holding election to four seats of MLCs reserved for Panchayats once thirty eight years and would be issuing a notification any time this month. The elections would be held either by the top of might or the beginning of June.Official sources told the Excelsior that the ECI has sent the approved proposal to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), B R Sharma, who was conjointly Home Secretary of the State. The proposal had to be revised because the ECI had sought clarifications from the CEO workplace of J&K on delimitation of the constituencies for holding the elections.The CEO workplace of J&K sent a revised proposal to the ECI, that was finally approved nowadays."With the approval of proposal, decks are cleared for holding elections to four seats of MLCs, that were vacant within the higher House since 1974'', sources said, adding that the election would take strength of Legislative Council to thirty four leaving solely 2 vacancies of Urban native Bodies (ULBs). The Council incorporates a total strength of thirty six however presently there have been six vacancies.As per the revised proposal approved by the ECI, Jammu and Kashmir provinces are earmarked as territorial jurisdiction of 2 seats every. this suggests that Sarpanches and Panches of Jammu and Kashmir provinces would elect 2 MLCs every. The Panchayat members of Ladakh region would vote in Kashmir province."Every Sarpanch and Panch would be eligible to solid 2 votes every inside their province i.e. Jammu and Kashmir. 2 candidates securing highest range of votes would be elected MLCs from every province'', sources said.A total of 286 polling stations would be came upon for the election in 143 blocks of the State i.e. every block would have 2 polling stations every. The polling stations would be located in an exceedingly single building with separate Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). each Sarpanch and Panch would solid his vote twice in separate EVMs-one every for 2 candidates.The elections would be held below the illustration of People's Act (RPA). Therefore, a person eligible for contesting the election of MLA will be part of the fray for the post of 4 MLCs. The Sarpanches and Panches, who would type electoral school for the election, might conjointly contest the election.The elections would be endured party basis. The freelance candidates also can be part of the fray additionally to political parties. The four seats would be referred as MLC (J-1) and MLC (J-II) and MLC (K-1) and MLC (K-II) with the word J pertaining to Jammu province and therefore the word K pertaining to Kashmir province as well as Leh and Kargil districts.In Jammu province 1966 Sarpanches and thirteen,760 Panches would elect 2 MLCs whereas in Kashmir province 2164 Sarpanches and fifteen,959 Panches would elect an equal range of MLCs.Divisional Commissioner, Jammu province and Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir province would be appointed because the Returning Officer for each the seats falling in Jammu and Kashmir provinces respectively. every District Election Officer are appointed as Assistant Returning Officers for the polling stations/CD blocks falling with the territorial limits of his district. However, in case a CD block falls in additional than one district, the District Election Officer having administrative management of quite fifty per cent of Panchayat Halqas falling inside that CD block can perform as Assistant Returning Officer for that CD block.There will be 2 polling stations i.e. one for every MLA constituency for all Panchayat Halqas inside that CD block. The polling stations are came upon at the CD block headquarters. As there have been 143 CD blocks, 286 polling stations are came upon for the election. All Sarpanches and Panches of 1 explicit block are needed to solid their vote at block headquarters. the most range of electorates for one polling station are 611 at Keller in Kulgam.The proposal approved by the ECI said: "since territorial constituencies of MLCs, who are to be elected by the members of Panchayats (Sub Section five of Section fifty of the State Constitution) cannot be delimited. Therefore, all Sarpanches/Panches of Jammu province and Kashmir province can represent the electoral school for the 2 seats earmarked for Jammu province and Kashmir province respectively.""Two separate notifications would be issued for the aim of filling up the four seats. every notification would cowl election to 2 seats i.e. one seat every from Jammu province and Kashmir province respectively. Separate EVMs are used. A separate marked copy of the electoral are ready for every election. every elected Sarpanch/Panch would participate in each the elections and solid his/her votes twice''.The provisions of Sub-Section (4) of Section twenty one of the illustration of People's Act, 1957, coping with the preparation of electoral rolls for the Council constituencies would apply within the election."The electorates shall encompass members of Panchayat and such different bodies, if any, inside the bounds of constituency because the Governor might by order specify below sub-section (5) of Section fifty of the Constitution. each member of the Panchayat and of such native body, if any, inside a Panchayat's constituency as mentioned in clause (a) shall be entitled to be registered within the electoral roll for that constituency. The Electoral Registration Officer for every Panchayat's constituency shall maintain in his workplace within the prescribed manner and type the electoral roll for that constituency corrected up to date'', the sources said.There are a complete of thirty six seats within the higher House. However, gift strength of the House was thirty as six seats, four reserved for Panchayats and 2 for ULBs were vacant.It was in 1974 that four seats reserved for Panchayats within the higher House were stuffed once the elections. afterward the seats remained vacant as complete elections to Panchayats weren't held. it had been in September 2011 that election method for Panchayats was completed once being set into motion in April last year.Strength of the House before 2005 remained confined to thirty as four seats reserved for Panchayats and 2 for Municipalities (Urban native Bodies) could not be stuffed within the absence of elections to each Urban and Rural native Bodies.However, 2 seats of Urban native bodies were stuffed in October 2005 as ULB elections were held in January 2005 once a spot of twenty six years. PDP's Nizam-ud-Din Bhat was elected from a seat reserved for Kashmir from the ULBs whereas Deputy Chairman of Legislative Council and senior Congress leader, Arvinder Singh Micky was elected from Jammu region.Both these seats have conjointly fallen vacant as Mr Bhat quit membership of the higher House in 2009 once his election to the Legislative Assembly whereas Micky's term expired on September fifteen.Elections to the Municipal companies and Committees weren't held despite being due in January-February 2010.With the filling from four seats within the higher House from the quota of Panchayats shortly, the amount of seats within the higher House would rise to thirty four as 2 seats of ULBs solely would stay vacant.
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