"Elections to the 16th Lok Sabha in Jammu and Kashmir are going to be held in five phases from April 10. All arrangements have been made and the Model Code of Conduct has already come into force," state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Umang Narula said at a news conference in Jammu on Wednesday.
    
The CEO said that notification for polling in the Jammu-Poonch parliamentary seat would be issued on March 15, last date of filing nominations would be March 22, scrutiny would take place on March 24, and March 26 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations.
    
Similarly, he said that notification for the Udhampur-Kathua Parliamentary seat would be issued on March 19, last date of filing nominations would be March 26, scrutiny would take place on March 27 and March 29 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations. Polling will be held on April 17.
    
Narula said that notification for the Anantnag Parliamentary seat would be issued on March 29, last date of filing nominations would be April 5, scrutiny would take place on April 7, and April 9 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations. Elections would be held on April 24.
    
The CEO said that the notification for the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat would be issued on April 2, last date of filing nominations would be April 9, scrutiny would take place on April 10 and April 12 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations. Polling will be held on April 30 there.
    
He said that the notification for the Baramulla-Kupwara and Ladakh parliamentary seats would be issued on April 12, last date of filing nominations would be April 19, scrutiny would take place on April 21, and April 23 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations. Elections would be held on May 7.
    
He said that as on date, there are around 70 lakh voters, of which 32.75 lakh are women. Besides, he said, it includes 58,279 service voters.

Narula also said that as per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India, enrolment applications were being accepted and on March 9 the Commission would display electoral rolls at all booths, and appealed to the voters to check their names in the electoral rolls.
    
He said that this year, photo voter slips would be made available to the voters in their vicinity to facilitate smooth polling. He said so far Jammu and Kashmir has attained 92 per cent of Photo Electoral Rolls.
    
He said that efforts are being made to ensure availability of basic facilities like drinking water, shelter etc at polling booths. He said first check of Electronic Voting Machines has been done and the second check would be done after the selection of candidates.
    
The CEO said that the Model Code of Conduct has come into force which would remain till the election process is over. In order to ensure the same, he said, the Election Commission would appoint General Observers, Expenditure Observers and Awareness Observers.
    
He also said that all arrangements of security to ensure free and fair polling have been made. He said that videography, webcasting, photography of polling booths would be done, besides appointing micro observers to ensure free and fair voting.     

Jammu Deputy Commissioner AK Sahu, on the occasion, said that flying squads have been constituted to check violation of the Model Code of Conduct, and added that a toll free number 1077 has been set up for the purpose.

(Agencies)

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