Jammu & Kashmir DDC First Phase Voting LIVE, DDC, Panchayat, Sarpanch Voting in Jammu Kashmir. | Voting for 43 seats of DDC in 7 hours; 1179 candidates in fray for Panch and Sarpanch by-election

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  • For the first time, Pakistani Refugees will also be able to cast votes, due to article 370, they used to vote only in the Lok Sabha elections.
  • For the first phase of voting, 2644 polling booths have been constructed, here 7 lakh 3 thousand 620 voters will vote.

Today a new chapter of democracy is being written in Jammu and Kashmir. Voting is taking place here for the first time after Article 370 was removed and became a Union Territory. Amidst the challenges of Corona, terrorism and cold, this festival of democracy is important for the people of Jammu and Kashmir in many ways.

296 candidates in fray for DDC
The first phase of voting has started. It will be till 2 pm. In these 7 hours, voters will decide the fate of 296 candidates for 43 seats of District Development Council (DDC). Of these, 25 seats are in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu. A total of 1179 candidates are in the fray for the by-elections for Panch and Sarpanch. Of these, 899 Panch and 280 candidates are trying their luck for the post of Sarpanch.

Apart from this, there will also be elections for 16 wards. There are 21 candidates for 2 wards of Srinagar and 31 candidates for 9 wards of Pahalgam. 10 candidates have nominated for the 5 wards elections in Anantnag district. The State Election Commission has set up 2644 polling booths for the first phase of voting. Here 7 lakh 3 thousand 620 voters will vote.

Important information related to voting

  • Ballot voting will take place at the polling booth.
  • Corona patients, isolated, elderly and physically ill people will vote with the postal ballot.
  • 165 companies of police and para military force have been deployed for security.
  • Keeping in mind the protocol of Kovid-19, more polling stations have been built than before.
  • In Kupwara, Kashmir, voters are few in many areas adjacent to the LOC. Electoral materials and staff have been sent here by helicopter.

For the first time, nearly 1 lakh Pakistanis will be able to cast Refugee votes.
For the first time in the DDC, Panch and Sarpanch elections, the Refugee of West Pakistan has also been given the right to vote. This will be the first time in seven decades that these refugees will be able to vote in panchayat level elections in the state. According to the information, there are more than 22 thousand families of refugees from Jammu and Kashmir from West Pakistan.

Their number is more than 1.5 lakhs in terms of population. Of these, 1 lakh refuges have the right to vote. Until Article 370 was implemented, these refuges were able to vote only in the Lok Sabha elections. They did not have the right to vote in the assembly, local body elections and panchayat elections.

For the first time, 6 parties of the state meet together in the field
This is the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, when the 6 major parties of the state come together in the electoral fray. After the removal of article 370, these parties have formed a secret alliance. These include National Conference chaired by Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP, Sajjad Gani Lone People’s Conference, Awami National Conference, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement and local unit of CPI-M. BJP and Congress candidates are in front of them. According to the current political equation, the Gupta alliance is strong in Kashmir, while the BJP’s position in Jammu is quite strong.

Know when the votes will be in 8 phase?
First phase: 28 November
Second Phase: 01 December
Third Phase: 04 December
Chauth Phase: 07 December
Fifth phase: 10 December
Sixth phase: 13 December
Seventh phase: 16 December
Eighth Phase: 19 December

Elections were held in 2018
Prior to this, Panchayati elections were held in November-December 2018. Of these, 22 thousand 214 candidates won on 33 thousand 592 panch seats and 3,459 candidates won on 4,290 sarpanch posts. The remaining seats were left vacant, where bye elections are now being held.

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