New Delhi: The bypolls to Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir, which were scheduled to be held on March 5, has been postponed in view of security issues. An announcement to this effect was made by J-K Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar on Tuesday night. Also Read - Anguished Iltija Mufti Says J-K Grappling With Crisis After Article 370 Was Revoked

“Notifications dated 15th & 17th February issued for Phase 1 and 2 (Panchayat by-elections) respectively and the schedule issued on 13th February for other phases of Panchayat by-elections are hereby withdrawn,” J-K Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar said. Also Read - J-K Separatist Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Health Condition Stable, Improving: Doctors

He further added that after addressing all the concerns suitable at the earliest, possibly in 2-3 weeks, fresh schedule shall be notified.

On February 13, Shailender Kumar had aid that the bypolls to over 12,500 panchayat seats in Jammu and Kashmir would be held in eight phases from March 5. He had also said that the Model Code of Conduct has come into force with immediate effect.

“After taking into consideration all relevant factors and inputs from various stakeholders, the Jammu and Kashmir election authority has prepared the schedule for the bypolls to panchayat halqas and panch wards. Issuance of the first notification would be on February 15,” Kumar had said.

The Panchayat election was held in November-December, 2018, and 22,214 panches and 3,459 sarpanches were elected in out of 33,592 panch and 4,290 sarpanch constituencies.