The election process for four reserved seats of the Legislative Council under the panchayat quota in Jammu and Kashmir is underway, even as panchayat members are casting their vote amid tight security arrangements.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), police and armed police have been deployed with an aim to ensure security and peace during voting.
The Revenue Administrative Officer, R.S Pura, R L Sharma in the winter capital Jammu told reporters that the polling is taking place in a peaceful manner and people are enthusiastically coming to cast their vote.
"There are 482 booths and we hope that maximum voting will take place as people are very enthusiastic to cast their vote," said Sharma.
Raj Kumar, a panchayat member, expressed happiness over casting the vote and said that they did not succumb to any threat or pressure.
"We are happy to come over here and cast our vote. We are casting our vote without any fear. The voters are performing their duty and making the use of their fundamental right," said Kumar.
Another panchayat member in Kathua district of the state, Mohan Singh said that 73rd and 74th amendment should be incorporated.
"We want that the once the MLCs are elected, the government should work in an honest manner. The 73rd and 74th amendment should be incorporated and the village headman and local bodies should be given representation. We have given our votes and now we will see whether the government performs its duty or not," said Singh.
Around 15,628 members of local body (Panchayat) will elect two MLCs in Jammu division from a total of 21 candidates, while 17,912 members will cast their votes to elect other two members from the 16 candidates from Kashmir division.
The electoral officer, Mushtaq Ahmad in Srinagar city said that the village headmen had gathered in huge numbers to cast their vote.
"The response is quite positive. There are 338 constituencies. It is a big area. There are 241 male voters and 97 female voters. People are coming in large numbers to cast their vote," said Ahmad.
The counting of votes will take place in Jammu and Srinagar on December.
It should be recalled that over 700 village council members had almost tendered their resignation after militants shot dead some of them and the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (JKPC), apex group of the state local bodies representative in Kashmir, had decided to boycott the elections in protest. (ANI)