Polling Begins In J&K Amid Tight Security, Covid Guidelines

SRINAGAR: Voting for the first phase of the first-ever elections to the District Development Councils (DDCs) in Jammu and Kashmir began on Saturday amid tight security and COVID-19 guidelines in place.

According to reports, forty-three out of 280 constituencies in the Union Territory are going to polls in the first phase of DDC elections. The polling will end at 2 pm.

Elections for the DDCs, which are being held in eight phases, will conclude on December 19 and the counting of votes be held on December 22.

By-polls for 234 vacant seats of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are also being held simultaneously.

Guidelines have been issued by the Commission for safe conduct of the electoral exercise amid COVID-19 pandemic

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