In lieu of 3rd Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Kargil election 2013, whole Kargil District is divided into 13 Zones with 13 Zonal Magistrates which is further divided into 26 Sectors with 26 Sectoral Magistrates and these magistrates will be responsible for maintaining Law and Order in their respective zones, Voter turnout reporting, safe arrival and departure of Voting officials and smooth functioning of elections, this was stated by Deputy Commissioner Kargil/Election Authority for Fida Hussain in a press conference at Conference Hall Baroo Kargil and briefed about the arrangements made for the smooth conducts of the elections to media.
He told that Phase First of the election was completed smoothly which was the Nomination Filing Phase and after complete procedure there is 84 contesting candidates for 24 constituencies, people of the 2 constituencies out of the 26 constituencies elected their nominees uncontested, namely Advocate Mohd Amir from Stakchey Khangral and Aga Mohammad Hassan (Arman) from Saliskote Constituency.
He told that the voter list of 1-1-2013 will be used for the elections and EPIC is compulsory for those who has got the Card and for the rest any other Identity Card, Ration Card or Identification by the Head of the Family is compulsory for the smooth conduct of the elections and appealed the people to follow the election procedure of one vote for one voter.
Talking about the security arrangements Fida Hussain told that, adequate arrangements has been made keeping in view the 67 Hyper Sensitive Polling Stations, 85 Sensitive Polling Stations and 105 Normal Polling Station and accordingly sufficient additional forces will reach Kargil from Kashmir for the security arrangements and will change according to the situations.
The Polling officials for Zanskar has been departed on August 14 with all polling materials, he added and no helicopter service will be used as for the difficult polling stations as the Polling officials with all polling materials will depart on foot for those poling stations from the base three days in advance.
In the last he added that there will be a full fledged, fully updated media center for information to the media regarding to the time to time updates.
Later during the Press Conference SSP Kargil Sujit Kumar briefed about the Security Arrangements during which he told that they have divided the whole election process into three phases and accordingly arrangement deployment of forces.
The first phase which is going on is the nomination phase upto to campaigning which is now going on and police is taking adequate care of any breach of the Model Code of Conduct. The second phase includes the day of election and the dispatch and safe arrival of ballot box to the strong room and for conducting the election smoothly in all the 257 polling stations police has demanded more than double deployment of security forces during the elections in which included the security of Zonal and Sectoral Officers, Polling Officers and polling stations. Police has divided Kargil into 15 Zones and 39 sectors as the elections are in one day in the whole district, he added.
According to Sujit Kumar the third phase includes the day of counting and declaration of result. Police has made arrangement of QRTs and Reserve forces in 11 blocks so that response can be made immediately if any untoward incidents occurs in any poling stations and there will be a major reinforcement in Kargil for any kind of further requirements.
Sujit Kumar told that Police has built a web of Wireless communication in the whole district for updates after every hour during the whole three phases of elections.