Jammu and Kashmir BDC polls begin amid tight security; Congress, NC, PDP boycott first electoral exercise after abrogation of Article 370

Polling in the Jammu and Kashmir BDC began amid tight security, with the Congress, National Conference and the PDP boycotting the first electoral exercise after the abrogation of the state's special status.

Press Trust of India October 24, 2019 10:32:06 IST
Jammu and Kashmir BDC polls begin amid tight security; Congress, NC, PDP boycott first electoral exercise after abrogation of Article 370
  • Polling in the Jammu and Kashmir BDC began amid tight security, with the Congress, National Conference and the PDP boycotting the first electoral exercise after the abrogation of the state's special status.

  • 'The polling has started at all the polling stations from 0900 hours this morning. There have been no reports of a delay from anywhere,' state Chief Electoral Officer Shailender Kumar told PTI.

  • Polling will be held from 9 am-1 pm and the results would be announced later in the day.

Jammu: Polling in the Jammu and Kashmir block development council (BDC) began on Thursday morning amid tight security, with the Congress, National Conference and the PDP boycotting the first electoral exercise after the abrogation of the state's special status.

"The polling has started at all the polling stations from 0900 hours this morning. There have been no reports of a delay from anywhere," state Chief Electoral Officer Shailender Kumar told PTI.

Polling will be held from 9 am-1 pm and the results would be announced later in the day.

Jammu and Kashmir BDC polls begin amid tight security Congress NC PDP boycott first electoral exercise after abrogation of Article 370

File image of voters queuing up in front of a polling centre in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora. PTI

Jammu district electoral officer Sushma Chauhan said there were no reports untoward incident reported from anywhere in Jammu.

Tight security has been put in place at all the polling stations and candidates to ensure peaceful polling. Due care has been taken about the security of panchs and sarpanches who are going to vote for the BDC polls, the officials said.

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After the final withdrawal of nomination papers, 1,065 candidates are in the fray for the BDC polls across the 22 districts of the state, election officials said.

Twenty-seven candidates have been elected chairpersons in various block developments councils (BDC) of the state unopposed.

There are 316 blocks in the state, out of these two are without elected panches or sarpanches besides, four blocks have been reserved for women. Thus, the elections would be held in 310 blocks, officials said.

Ballot boxes will be used during the polls as the election shall be held through secret ballot, the officials said.

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