DDC Polls: Voting for first phase begins tomorrow

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SRINAGAR — Amid unprecedented security arrangements, the stage is set for the first phase of District Development Council (DDC) election in Jammu & Kashmir, which will witness a direct contest between the Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

An official said that the election will take place in 43 DDC constituencies of J&K. “Of these seats, 25 are in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu,” he said, adding that 700931 persons are eligible to cast their votes for these seats.

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The official said that 296 candidates are contesting elections on these seats. “Of them, 172 are in fray in Kashmir and 124 in Jammu division,” he said.

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Along with these seats, the official said, the election will also be held for 94 Sarpanch seats and 368 Panch constituencies.

According to details collected from State Election Commission, 2111 seats with 1298 polling stations in Kashmir and 813 in Jammu division have been set up to facilitate electorate to cast their votes.

The official in SEC said that mandatory sanitization of all polling stations has been carried out in view of COVID-19.

“We appeal all voters to follow COVID-19 protocol. We have made sufficient quantity of masks and sanitizers available at polling stations,” he said. The official said the polling will take place between 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

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“Government has declared holiday in all poll-bound areas so as to facilitate people to exercise their voting rights,” he said.

He also said that general observers, expenditure observers have been appointed to ensure smooth, free and fair polls.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Central government had amended Jammu & Kashmir’s Panchayat Raj Act – 1989 last month for setting up directly elected District Development Council polls in the UT.

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