By Altaf Hamid Rao.

MIRPUR (AJK),   (Parliament Times) : General elections in Azad Jammu & Kashmir will be held on July 25 this year, Chief Election Commissioner of AJK announced.

Justice [Retd] Abdul Rasheed Sulehriya, Chief Election Commissioner Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday announced the schedule of the general elections to elect 45 seats of Azad Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly on direct adult franchise basis,
at a news conference at the AJK’s metropolis on Thursday. He said the polling for the legislative assembly will be held on 25th of July 2021.

The general Election 2021 for AJK Legislative Assembly will be held on 25th of July this year.

The AJK CEC was flanked by Members of the AJK Election Commissioner FArhat Ali Mir and Raja Muhammad Farooq Niaz and DGPR AJK Raja Azhar Iqbal.

The Chief Election Commissioner Abdul Rashid Suleria said that Elections to all 45 constituencies of the AJK Legislative Assembly including 33 constituencies and 12 reserves seats for Pakistan-based Jammu Kashmir refugees will be held on direct adult franchise basis in a fair free and transparent manner.
He said that four new constituencies have been created in AJK State.

He said that final list of the eligible candidates will be issued on the 3rd of July 2021.

Our Special AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao reports that AJK Chief Election Commissioner Justice [Retd] Abdul Rasheed Sulehriya said that
candidates can file their nomination papers by 21th June, 2021 till 4.00 pm . Scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held on 22th of June from 8.00 am till completion of the process of the scrutiny. He said appeals against acceptance or rejection of papers would be received on 27th June and their hearing will be held on 28th and 29th June. Decisions on these appeals will be announced on 30th June and July 1st, 2021. He said the candidates can withdraw their nomination papers on 2nd July 2021 and final list of candidates will be displayed on 3rd July and electoral symbols will be allotted on July 04, 2021.

Justice [Retd] Abdul Rasheed Sulehriya said that there are 28,17090 registered voters for 33 seats of Azad Jammu Kashmir ‘s all ten districts. And For Refugees 12 constituencies, a total of 4,02441 registered voters will be entitled to exercise their right to franchise.

Polling to the general Election 2021 for AJK Legislative Assembly will be held on 25th of July this year from 8.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m without any pause, the CEC announced.

The Chief Commissioner announced a complete ban on promotion, transfers of government employees and put a ban on new schemes, inauguration or foundation stone laying ceremonies of new development schemes.

The CEC also issued a comprehensive code of conduct for all stake holders including the candidates, their supporters and voters besides all other AJK government an autonomous functionaries.

Meanwhile, soon after the announcement of the general Elections – 2021 schedule in Azad Jammu Kashmir by the AJK Election Commissioner on Thursday the election campaign by the prospective contestants including candidates of various political parties as well as independents and their supporters has got momentum but in absolutely peaceful atmosphere with an immense enthusiasm across Azad Jammu Kashmir.

When contacted Thursday evening, the AJK Election Commission sources underlined that since the impending candidates were being found strictly observing the code of conduct at the initial stage of the electioneering, the election campaign seemed getting momentum but in a peaceful atmosphere.

And at the same time, brisk preparations are being given final touches by the AJK Election Commission for holding the elections in AJK, in a free, fair and transparent manner.