PCC General Secretary writes to election authorities, expresses concern over shifting of Polling booths in Tral

Srinagar Nov 27 (KNS): The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) General Secretary today wrote a letter to Election  Authorities and urged them to come clean on unwanted shifting of polling stations from Village Gameraj to village Arigam in Tral Area, which are almost 2 km away from each other.
In a Statement JKPCC General Secretary Surinder Singh Channi expressed serious concern over the shifting of polling stations without examining the ground situation and topography of the areas in Tral area of District Pulwama.
In his letter, PCC General Secretary apprised the election authorities that when the Governor’s came to an end in 1996 in J&K, both parliamentary and assembly elections were held, since militancy was at peak, the polling stations in upper reaches were clubbed inorder to avoid any suspicious activity and threat to electorates, but for the first time in the JK history, the polling station of  a village which is situated 1.5 km from Tral town is clubbed with other village  consisting of long distance, which makes no sense.
What was the need of shifting polling stations two Kms away, PCC General Secretary questioned?
PCC General Secretary also blamed the Govt over attempting to refrain voters from casting their votes, saying that   Village Gameraj possess 1200 voters and shifting polling in Arigam which is 2 kms away was bound to compel people not to exercise their franchise or enjoy their voting rights, he said
It was surprising to learn that Khasipora and Nehar is one Halqa, still two polling stations were deployed there, Bhatgund and Baginder falls under the vicinity of less than 500 mts, again 2 polling booths were stationed there, which is very confusing, PCC General Secretary added and urged the Elections authorities to come clean on this issue. 
Surinder Singh Channi urged the Election Commissioner, CEO and District Election Officer Pulwama not to disturb the voting process by unnecessary shifting booths from one village to another, without any reason.(KNS)

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