The Election Commission on Thursday said the by-election for vacant panchayat seats in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will be held in eight phases next month.
There are close to 13,000 vacant seats in panchayats across Jammu and Kashmir.
This is the first major political exercise since the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year. The state of Jammu and Kashmir was also split into two Union territories - J&K and Ladakh.
"Panchayat elections for vacant posts of every block will be held. Ballot boxes will be used," Kumar said.
"There will be 8 phases of elections. For Jammu division it is 4 phases, for Kashmir division it is 8 phases," he added.
The first phase of elections will be held on March 5, the second phase on March 7, third phase on March 9, fourth phase on March 12, fifth phase on March 14, sixth phase on March 16, seventh phase on March 18 and eight-phase on March 20.
When asked about the panchayat polls in Ladakh, Kumar said the poll body has not received a request for the conduct of elections the UT.