Jammu and Kashmir DDC election: Second phase of polling underway amid tight security

A total of 43 constituencies are going to polls in the Union Territory in the second phase — 25 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu division

Press Trust of India December 01, 2020 08:27:40 IST
Jammu and Kashmir DDC election: Second phase of polling underway amid tight security

People lining up to vote in Jammu during the first phase of the DDC polls. ANI

Srinagar: Polling got underway Tuesday morning in the second phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir amid chilly conditions and tight security arrangements, officials said here.

"Polling began at 7.00 am. Initial reports suggest that only a few people have so far turned out at polling stations due to early morning winter chill," an official said.

He said the pace of voting is expected to pick up as the day progresses and temperature rises.

As many as 321 candidates are in the fray in the second phase of the DDC polls and voting is taking place at 2,142 polling booths. As many as 7.90 lakh voters are eligible to vote in this phase of elections.

Out of the 280 constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, 43 are going to polls in the Union Territory in the second phase — 25 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu division.

Election is also being held in 83 sarpanch constituencies for which a total of 223 candidates are contesting in the phase two.

Also, by-polls are being held in 331 panch constituencies. Over 700 candidates are in the fray for these seats.

Authorities have declared all 1,300 polling stations in the valley as sensitive.

Almost all booths in Kashmir are sensitive from the security point of view. Additional security has been provided in the polling stations in the valley, state election commissioner KK Sharma told reporters on Monday.

He said all security arrangements have been put in place and the areas have been secured.

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