DDC Polls-Phase 2: Voting Begins In J&K Amid Tight Security, Covid Guidelines

SRINAGAR: Voting in the second phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections and byelections for panch and sarpanchs in Jammu and Kashmir has begun from 7 am.

Voters in a queue at a polling booth in Srinagar on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, during DDC elections. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

In DDC elections, voting is taking place in 43 constituencies — 25 in Kashmir Division and 18 in Jammu — and it will continue till 2 pm today (Tuesday).

There are a total of 321 candidates in the electoral fray — 196 from the Kashmir Division and 125 from Jammu.

Out of 7,95,118 voters, 3,88,273 are from Jammu Division and 4,06,845 are from Kashmir. Kashmir Division has 2,12,024 male voters and 1,94,821 women, whereas Jammu has 2,04,721 male electors and 1,83,553 female voters.

The sarpanch bypolls are being conducted in 83 constituencies and total 223 (151 male and 72 female) candidates are in the fray. The panch bypolls are being held in 331 constituencies with 709 candidates (552 males and 157 females) in the fray.

There are 2,142 polling stations — 837 in the Jammu Division and 1,305 in Kashmir.


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