Election Commission announces poll dates for Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir; counting on Dec 23

Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath

New Delhi, Oct 25: After successfully holding assembly polls in Haryana and Maharashtra, the Election Commission on Saturday announced the schedule for assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand.

According to reports, the term of 87-member Jammu and Kashmir assembly ends on January 19, while the term of 81-member Jharkhand assembly will expire on January 3.

Making the announcement, the EC said that both the states will elections in five phases and the counting will be held on December 23.
Phase 1 of elections for both states is November 25.
Phase 2 of elections for both states in December 2.
Phase 3 of elections for both states is December 9.
Phase 4 of elections for both states is December 14
Phase 5 of elections for both states is December 20.

The EC said that Electronic Voting Machines will be used for both the elections.

In Jharkhand, out of the 81 seats, 9 are reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates, 28 for Scheduled Tribe candidates. 99.06 per cent of the voters in the state have voter identity cards. There are 24, 648 polling stations.

In Jammu and Kashmir, of 87 seats, 7 are reserved for Scehduled Castes. There are 10,015 polling stations.

The EC reportedly said that both states are sensitive from law and order and security point of view, therefore, the security requirements have been identified after discussing the issue with authorities concerned.

During the polls, static surveillance teams, flying squad, involvement of Excise and Income Tax department to check cash and liquor, the EC reportedly said.

It may be noted that the Model code of conduct comes into effect immediately.

(With Agency Inputs)

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