SRINAGAR: As preparations continue for the 5th general Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) elections in Leh, a total of 89 candidates are vying for 26 seats. The authorities have conducted an assessment of the constituencies and polling booths, categorising them into hard, soft, and normal zones.

The election campaign for the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil is in full swing, and the union territory is poised for a direct contest between the National Conference-Congress alliance and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). All three parties have announced their respective candidates.

According to figures, a total of 89 candidates are in the running for the 5th general elections of the Hill Council Kargil. “Out of these 89 candidates, 17 belong to the National Conference, 9 to the Indian National Congress (INC), 17 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 4 from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and 42 are independent candidates,” officials said.

It’s worth noting that the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) will be used for the LAHDC Kargil elections for the first time. “In previous LAHDC elections, Ballot Boxes were used, but this time, EVMs will be utilised on polling day. They have been thoroughly checked in the presence of political parties, and engineers will be on hand during polling,” officials stated.

The assessment of constituencies was conducted by the relevant departments, taking into account the distinctions of hard, soft, and normal zones. “All necessary arrangements will be made in accordance with this assessment.”

Campaigns for the elections, scheduled for September 10th, are in full swing in the region. Political parties and independent candidates have commenced door-to-door campaigning and have unveiled their respective agendas for the election.

Haji Hanifa Jan, President of the National Conference district unit in Kargil, stated that preparations for the elections are well underway. “Our alliance has announced candidates, with 17 from NC and 9 from INC. Our candidates are contesting all 26 seats, and we are ready to secure an absolute majority.”

She further noted that both INC and NC are actively engaged in preparations to ensure the victory of all their candidates.

Nasir Munshi, INC Spokesperson and a contesting candidate, mentioned that they are actively campaigning on the ground. “We are all on the ground, engaged in door-to-door campaigns, and are committed to ensuring the victory of all our candidates,” he stated. (KNO)


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