SEC has said that they have a comprehensive plan of how to conduct the coming DDC and by polls of panchayats in 8 phases taking into consideration threat perception and the prevailing situation.
Already the government has dispatched additional 60 companies of paramilitary forces to Jammu and Kashmir for the purpose of conducting smooth and peaceful elections especially in Kashmir valley. SEC in a recent press conference gave all the contours of the plan and said that these elections would be held and he will ensure that all the candidates get equal opportunity for the campaigning and there should be no room for complaints.
He said that all DCs and SSPs have been instructed to ensure comfortable campaigning of all candidates besides providing them adequate security arrangements during their visits to their areas.
He said that putting up candidates in cluster accommodations are for their security and safety and that in no way means they are being prevented from holding election campaigning. He said the SEC believes in providing equal opportunities to every contesting candidate and shall not bar any candidate from going anywhere he wishes to go for campaigning.
SEC said that all arrangements are being put in place to ensure conduct of polls in a free and fair manner across the UT. Moreover, he said that the goal of the SEC is to ensure safe elections are held in the UT.
Emphasizing on providing adequate security arrangements to all participating candidates whether party based or as independent including star campaigners, SEC instructed DCs to ensure proper transport arrangements, heating facilities and other related arrangements are made available for polling staff for their comfortable stay and smooth to and fro movement during the election process.