J&K Voters Step Out For Phase Four Of District Development Council Elections

The election body has set up 1910 polling stations across the 34 constituencies of J&K for the fourth phase of the DDC elections, which will also include voting for 50 vacant seats of the panchayat by polls

Raghav N

December 7, 2020

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The fourth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) Elections is underway in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) today (7 December) as many locals turned up to cast their votes. The polling exercise will be conducted across 34 constituencies of the union territory, 17 in Jammu and the remaining 17 in Kashmir. More than 7 lakh eligible voters will choose their leaders from amongst the contesting 249 candidates. Besides this, elections for the panchayat by polls will also take place to fill in the 50 vacant sarpanch seats and 260 empty panch seats, all falling within the DDC constituency. The centres will shut down at 2 pm.

1910 polling stations have been identified across the region for its citizens, with 781 centres in Jammu and 1129 locations in Kashmir. Three phases of the DDC voting were concluded before this on 28 November, 1 December and 4 December with the voter turnout going up to 51%.

The eight-part polling exercise will conclude on December 19, while the counting will start on 22 December. This is the first democratic exercise since the central government revoked Article 370 on 5 August 2019 in the former state.

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