Jammu and Kashmir DDC Election Results 2020 Live Updates: Counting of votes for 280 seats to begin shortly

Jammu and Kashmir DDC Election Results 2020 Live Updates: Counting of votes for 280 seats to begin shortly
The DDC polls are the first electoral process in J&K since the scrapping of its special status. (PTI)

Jammu and Kashmir DDC Election Results 2020 Live Updates: Results of the recently concluded Jammu and Kashmir District Development Council (DDC) elections will be announced on Tuesday. The elections, held in eight phases, began on November 28 and ended on December 19. Officials in the State Election Commission said a total of 4,181 candidates, including over 450 women, were in the fray for the 280 DDC seats.

A day before the counting of votes, the PDP claimed detention of three of its senior leaders Monday. While the police were silent on the matter, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti called the action “out and out gunda raj”, and said it showed the BJP was trying to “manipulate” the results. The PDP leaders reportedly detained were former minister and senior leader Naeem Akhtar, Mufti’s uncle Sartaj Madni, and her former political adviser Peerzada Mansoor Hussain. A senior PDP leader said they had no contact with its Ganderbal district president Bashir Ahmad Mir either, and his family had been informed that he too had been detained.

Seven political parties, including the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party, contested the polls in an alliance, under the banner of the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) formed for restoration of Article 370. The Congress was initially a part of the PAGD but distanced itself when the BJP targeted the opposition party for being in league with the ‘Gupkar Gang’.

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Results of the recently concluded Jammu and Kashmir District Development Council (DDC) elections will be announced on Tuesday. The elections, held in eight phases, began on November 28 and ended on December 19. Officials in the State Election Commission said a total of 4,181 candidates, including over 450 women, were in the fray for the 280 DDC seats.

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Residents stand in a queue to cast their vote during the 7th phase of the DDC polls at Mendhar in Poonch district on December 16. (PTI)

The elections to this third tier of the Panchayati Raj system were held for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir and were the first mass polls after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 in August 2019.

Meanwhile, re-polling in four polling stations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Mendhar area of border Poonch district was held on Monday, with nearly 22 per cent of the electorate having cast their vote in the maiden DDC polls during the first two hours.

The UT’s State Election Commission had on Friday ordered re-polling in four polling stations following a report by the District Panchayat Election Officer, Poonch, Rahul Yadav, about incidents of “violence and unlawful activities” during the seventh phase held last Wednesday.

In the final phase, the UT recorded nearly 51 per cent voting, with three districts in the Valley recording under 10 per cent voting. In all districts of the Jammu division, voting averages remained above 60 per cent with Poonch noting the highest — 83.5 per cent. The highest voting average recorded for the 10 districts of the Valley was 40.6 per cent which dropped to 29.9 per cent in the final phase of the polls.

Jammu averaged above 60 per cent voting in all phases, noting its highest voting average of 72.7 per cent on Saturday.

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