Kargil Under Tight Security For Council Elections Today

Kargil Under Tight Security For Council Elections Today

21 August 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Kargil: Amid enthusiasm among nearly 77,000 voters, security forces personnel and polling staff and material has reached the respective destinations across Kargil district for elections to the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) tomorrow. In view of the sensitive law and order situation in different areas of the district, particularly in Zanskar where the situation had been “volatile” due to some local issues, polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive, sensitive and normal. Out of the 257 polling stations, there are 87 hypersensitive, 78 sensitive and 92 normal polling stations. More than 1,500 additional paramilitary forces personnel have been deployed in the district to handle the situation, said the SP, Kargil, Sujit Kumar. He said the government had provided additional contingents of the J&K Police, J&K Armed Police, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB. The security deployment was three times more than that in the last election. These personnel were flagged off to the polling stations by the Deputy Commissioner and Kargil SP in two batches today. The Deputy Commissioner said the polling staff and the 14 Zonal Magistrates and 30 Sectoral Magistrates had also reached their respective areas. The staff and security for five far-off polling stations in the Zanskar area had left on Sunday. The polling staff, comprising 972 officials, included 243 presiding officers and 729 polling officers. Deputy Commissioner, Kargil, Fida Hussain said 13 polling stations in and around Kargil town were exclusively meant for women. An electorate of 77,158 voters, including 40,477 men and 36,681 women, would decide the fate of 84 candidates tomorrow. Out of the 26 constituencies, two Independent candidates have already been elected unopposed. The polling will be held tomorrow for 24 constituencies. The counting of votes will be held on August 28 at the District Institute of Education (DIET), Kargil, and the whole process of constituting the LAHDC would be completed by September 2. The ballot boxes of the Kargil area would be collected at the DIET, Kargil, by tomorrow midnight. The ballot boxes from far-flung areas of the Zanskar area will be collected at the Treasury Office, Zanskar, under the supervision of the SDM concerned by August 24, the Kargil DC said. The ballot boxes would be transferred to the DIET before the date of counting. Poll Call Elections to the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) will be held on Thursday amid tight security Out of the 26 constituencies, two Independent candidates have already been elected unopposed. The polling will be held now for 24 constituencies Over 1,500 additional security personnel and 972 polling staff members, including 243 presiding officers and 729 polling officers, have been engaged for the polls 77,158 voters, including 40, 477 men and 36,681 women, are participating in Thursday’s polls. 13 polling stations are designated exclusively for women in and around Kargil town Ballot boxes will be collected at District Institute of Education, Kargil, before counting on August 28 The whole process of constituting the LAHDC to be over by September 2