Counting for DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir begins

Counting of votes for District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir for all 280 constituencies began at 9 AM today.

The fate of 2,181 candidates will be decided in today’s counting. Polling in the union territory was held in eight phases between November 28 and December 19. An overall 51 percent polling was recorded during the eight phases.

All necessary arrangements have been made for counting of votes in all 280 District Development Council (DDC) constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir today, State Election Commissioner (SEC) KK Sharma said. The counting began at 9am in all 20 districts of the union territory, Sharma said at a meeting held to review preparations and other arrangements for the counting process. The eight-phase DDC elections were the first democratic exercise held in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 and division of the erstwhile state into two union territories last year. The polls commenced on November 28 and concluded on Saturday with an overall voter turnout of approximately 51 per cent.

“The Returning Officers will be incharge of the counting process for each DDC constituency. The entire counting exercise will be monitored and recorded to achieve full transparency,” Sharma said. He said counting of ballot papers would be taken up on a round-wise basis after proper mixing of ballot papers from different polling stations as per the prescribed procedure and counting guidelines. On the implementation of necessary COVID-19 protocols, Sharma said directions have already been issued to concerned deputy commissioners to adhere to coronavirus SOPs during the counting process.

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