Elections for LAHDC-Kargil: The DC asks political parties to follow MCC rules
Elections for LAHDC-Kargil: The DC asks political parties to follow MCC rules
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Kargil, September 9: The poll authority in the Kargil district of the Ladakh union territory has asked the political parties to follow the rules of the model code of conduct (MCC).

With the new notice of elections for the 5th Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil general elections, which are now set for October 4, MCC has come into force.

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At a press conference, Deputy Commissioner Kargil Shrikant Balasaheb Suse, who is also the district election officer (DEO), along with SSP Kargil Anayat Ali Chowdhury and ADC Kargil Ghulam Mohidine, said that the MCC is in effect with the new election notification and asked the political parties to follow the model code of conduct, saying that those who don’t will be punished by the law. “No violation of the MCC will be allowed at any stage of the election process,” he said, adding that no party or candidate should do anything that goes against the MCC. He said that government workers should also follow the rules set out by the MCC.

DC Kargil said that everything is being set up to make sure the polls go well. DC said that the LAHDC Kargil elections are the first time that electronic voting tools (EVMs) are being used. In the past, votes were done with paper ballots.

Concerns were made by some political parties about EVM machines. The District Election Officer Kargil Srikant Suse said that there is nothing suspicious about EVM machines because they are used in all polls across the country and the worry has been proven wrong many times.

Senior Superintendent of Police Kargil Anayat Ali Chowdhury said that candidates and voters will have perfect security measures put in place to make sure the elections go smoothly. An exercise has already been done to figure out which voting stations are sensitive and which are very sensitive. He also said that the exercise had been done based on what had happened before and what was known at the time. SSP said that there are 114 “highly sensitive” polling stations, 99 “sensitive” polling stations, and 65 “normal” polling stations in Kargil district. He also said that CAPF and Ladakh Police have been sent to make sure the election goes smoothly and peacefully.

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