Kupwara: A joint meeting of Zonal & Sectoral Magistrates and Zonal & Sectoral Police officers appointed for phase 3rd DDC and Panchayat by-election in Kupwara district was today held here under the chairmanship concerned Nodal Officer, SDM Lolab, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat.
On the occasion, the Nodal Officer said that 03 DDC constituencies viz. Hayhama and Qaziabad are being contested in the third phase tomorrow. He said both the constituencies has been divided into 03 zones and 18 sectors.
The Nodal officer maintained that the purpose of the meeting is to sensitize and coordinate the Magistrates and police officers both at zonal and sectoral level. He urged upon the magistrates and officers to coordinate themselves and reach their polling destinations by 4PM today and also ensure that polling starts at 7AM sharp in the morning and shall close at 02 PM tomorrow (December 04).
The Nodal Officer also said that the counting of the votes for Sarpanches and Panches shall be ensured in the same polling station while as, the ballot papers of DDC candidates should be send to concerned Strong Room for its safeguard. He said that the Strong Room for Hayhama DDC constituency is ITI Kupwara and for Qaziabad DDC constituency the Strong Room facility is at ITI Handwara.
The Nodal Officer further said that the counting of votes for Panchayat by-election should be held in presence of concerned AROs and contesting candidates.
The Additional Superintendent Police Kupwara, on the occasion also spoke and gave detailed guideline to the police, zonal and sectoral officers to coordinate with the magistrates and ensure proper discipline and timing.
The ARTO Kupwara, Mukhtar Ahmad, said that all sectoral and zonal officers and magistrates have been provided vehicles for their conveyance.
Among others, SSP Handwara, ASP Kupwara, ARTO Kupwara, District Information Officer Kupwara, zonal and sectoral magistrates for phase-III were present in the meeting.