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Srinagar, Nov 19 (GNS): Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang Kondbarao Pole and Inspector General of Police Kashmir Range Vijay Kumar on Thursday reviewed preparedness for the forthcoming election in Kupwara.

Official sources said that senior officers from administration and police were present during the meeting which comes almost a week before the start o phase-1 of the elections. The meeting focused on security and other related arrangements connecting to the elections.

State Election Commission has already announced an eight-phase poll to 20 District Development Councils (DDCs) and vacant Panchayat and municipal seats, in the first major electoral exercise since the effective nullification of Article 370 in August last year.

The government had in October amended the J&K Panchayati Raj Act to provide for setting up of District Development Councils in each district which will have directly elected members, marking the implementation of the entire 73rd Constitutional Amendment in the J&K.

While voters in first phase would be cast ballot on November 28, the last phase of polling would take place on December 19 and the counting of votes would take place on December 22. (GNS)

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