LAHDC election: Voting for the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)-Kargil elections concluded peacefully at 278 polling stations on Wednesday (October 4). The campaigning ended on Monday with the stage set for a triangular contest in most of the 26 seats.
"Today is the polling day of LAHDC elections. The mock poll process is being conducted at polling stations. We have a total of 278 polling stations. Police arrangements have been made to carry out free and fair elections. Out of the 278 stations, 114 are hyper-sensitive and 99 are sensitive polling stations. Police deployments have been done accordingly," said Shrikant Balasaheb Suse, Deputy Commissioner, Kargil.
The counting of votes will take place on October 8. According to the election commission, the new council will be formed before October 11.
The existing council headed by National Conference’s Feroz Ahmad Khan completed its five-year term on October 1.
(LAHDC)-Kargil has a total of 95,388 voters including 46,762 women. The eligible voters will exercise their franchise from 8 am to 4 pm today.
The fate of 85 candidates in 26 seats of the 30-member Hill Council will be decided today.
Poll fight in council poll
The National Conference and Congress, who made a pre-poll alliance, said the seat-sharing arrangement has been restricted to areas where there is a tough contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
BJP, which won one seat in the last election and later took its tally to three with the joining of two PDP councillors, has fielded 17 candidates this time.
The AAP is trying its luck from four seats while 25 independents are also in the fray.
(With PTI agencies)