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The announcement comes days after the state’s two prominent parties, the National Conference and the Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said they will not participate in municipal and panchayat polls in the state, citing an “atmosphere of fear” due to the “assault on the special constitutional position” of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir State Election Commission on Sunday said the panchayat elections in the state will be held in nine phases starting from November 17when elections were last held in the state, there were 4,098 panchayats. However, new delimitations have added 280 new panchayats to the list, taking the tally to 4,378. The number of panch segments has gone up by about 4,000, taking the total number of panch constituencies to 33,402.