Srinagar, Dec 26: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday expressed the hope that people in the valley will prefer the ballot over the bullet in the upcoming panchayat elections just in a way they have always done.
“I am very pleased to announce that the long overdue Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held from February 15, 2018. People in the state have always chosen ballots over bullets and will continue to do so,” Mufti said in a tweet.
Mufti met Governor N.N. Vohra in Jammu on Monday to inform him about the government’s decision to conduct the panchayat polls in the state that were slated last year when the five-year tenure of these bodies ended.
However, the election could not be held because of widespread unrest in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of Hizb ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016.
Vohra on November 4 promulgated an ordinance to designate the state’s Chief Electoral Officer as State Election Commissioner for conducting the panchayat elections. The valley has 4,378 panchayats.