Srinagar: The by-polls for 13,000 panchayat seats in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in March, according to J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar.
This is the first major political activity to take place in the region since August 5. Kumar said the local body by polls will be held in eight phases from March 5 to 20.
“The first phase of elections will be held on 5th March, second phase on 7th March, third phase on 9th March, fourth phase on 12th March, fifth phase on 14th March, sixth phase on 16th March, seventh phase on 18th March and 8th phase on 20th March,” he said.
Media reports said panchayat elections for vacant posts of every block will be held. Ballot boxes will be used.
The 2018 panchayat election was boycotted by two mainstream parties of the J&K – National Conference and People’s Democratic Party to “safeguard” the special status.