Friday Jul 02, 2021
AZAD KASHMIR: Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur on Friday said there would be no load-shedding in the region during the campaign for the upcoming Legislative Assembly polls, Geo News reported.
Per the report, the Deputy Commissioner Mirpur Division has written a letter to the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Electricity Department in this regard.
Since it’s a huge relief for the people of Azad Kashmir, citizens demanded that Gandapur should stay in Kashmir so that they can get rid of 12 hours of electricity load-shedding every day.
Last month, the Ministry for Interior had allowed the AJK Election Commission to deploy Rangers for the upcoming Legislative Assembly polls in the region.
A press release issued by the ministry said that the AJK chief election commissioner in a letter had requested the deployment of Rangers for security.
The ministry said that the letter had been forwarded to Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and he approved the deployment of the paramilitary troops.
The 11th General Elections of Azad Jammu and Kashmir will be held on July 25, the region's election commission had announced last month.
According to the schedule announced by Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Abdul Rasheed Sulehria, the nomination papers will be filed by the candidates before the returning officers on or before June 6 up till 4pm while the scrutiny of nomination papers will be conducted the very next day am onwards and the lists of validly nominated candidates will be publicised on the same day.
The last date for filing appeals before the election commission against the acceptance or rejection of nomination papers by returning officers had been fixed for June 27 before 2pm, while the hearing of appeals was conducted from June 28 to 29, with the decisions announced on June 30 and July 1.
July 2 had has been fixed as the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers by the candidates and the list of contesting candidates will be publicised on July 3, the chief election commissioner said.
Election symbols to parties and candidates will be allotted on July 4 before 2pm and the final list of contesting candidates with election symbols will be publicised on the same day, while polling will be conducted on July 25 from 8am to 5pm.
The chief election commissioner had also announced a code of conduct for contesting parties and candidates, allowing them only one big public gathering in each constituency. Huge banners, placards and posters have been banned.
He had said the limit of election expenditures had been fixed at Rs5 million for each candidate and the candidates will file the details of expenditures before the election commissioner which he said was empowered to take action against spending above the fixed limit.
Sulehria had added that with the announcement of the schedule, a ban had been imposed on all types of appointments, transfers and postings, announcement, and implementation of new development schemes by the government.