The second phase of voting took place on Tuesday for the DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Election Commission said that 48.62% of the voters cast their votes in this phase. Voting started at 7 am and went on till 2 pm. On November 28, the first phase saw 51.76% voting. For the first time, any elections are being held in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of Article 370 and becoming a Union Territory.
321 candidates for DDC election
Voting was held in 43 constituencies in the DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Of these, 25 divisions are from Kashmir and 18 from Jammu. A total of 321 candidates are in the fray. Of these, 196 belong to the Kashmir division while 125 belong to Jammu. Sarpanch and Panch by-elections are also being held with DDC elections. For the first time in the DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Sarpanch and Panch, the Refugee of West Pakistan has also got the right to vote. There are more than 22 thousand families of refugees from Jammu and Kashmir in Jammu and Kashmir.
For the first time, 6 parties of the state meet together in the field
This is the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, when the 6 major parties of the state are together in the electoral fray. After the removal of article 370, these parties have formed a secret alliance. These include the National Conference headed by Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP, Sajjad Gani Lone People’s Conference, Awami National Conference, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement and local unit of CPI-M. BJP and Congress candidates are in front of them. According to the current political equation, the Gupta alliance is strong in Kashmir, while the BJP’s position in Jammu is quite strong.
8 phase of elections
First phase : Completed on 28 November
Second phase : 1 December (completed)
Third phase : 4 December
Fourth phase : 7 December
Fifth phase : 10 December
Sixth phase : 13 December
Seventh phase : 16 December
Eighth phase : 19 December