Kashmir: The Jammu and Kashmir Municipal and Panchayat Election Dates have been announced. The announcement came after State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik decided on Friday to commence the formal process for conducting municipal body and panchayat elections. The election to the J&K municipal and panchayat will be conducted in October and November, respectively.Also Read - Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari Assumes Additional Charge as Goa Governor

“After extensive deliberations on various aspects and feedback received from the Departments of Housing & Urban Development, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Home decided to commence the formal process for conducting Municipal Body and Panchayat elections in the Jammu & Kashmir and take all other consequential action as per law,” the statement read. Also Read - Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik Transferred to Meghalaya, to Replace Tathagata Roy

While the elections to the Municipal Bodies will be conducted in four phases from October 1 to October 5, the polling to the panchayats will be conducted in eight phases between November 8 and December 4. Also Read - Panchayat Polls in Jammu And Kashmir Scheduled For March 5 Postponed Due to Law, Order Issues

“The Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir, was asked to adjust the schedules keeping in view security, operational and the polling requirements. The SAC also decided to grant one month’s extra salary/wages/remuneration in favour of the staff engaged in the conduct of elections besides insurance cover to mitigate risks,” the statement said.

The statement added that the voter education will be given a special focus. For this purpose, the government will launch a sustained campaign to sensitise the voters about the importance of these elections in the socio-economic development at the grass root level.

With IANS inputs