DDC Polls: Fifth Round Today, 299 Candidates In Fray

Voting Also On 58 Vacant Sarpanch, 218 Panch Seats: SEC

Jammu: The fifth phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in 37 constituencies and by-polls to 58 Panchayat and 218 Panch vacancies across Jammu and Kashmir will be held on Thursday, State Election Commissioner, KK Sharma said Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference here, Sharma said that of 37 DDC constituencies, voting will be conducted on 17 from Kashmir division and 20 from Jammu division. In the fifth phase, he said, out of the total 280 DDC constituencies in J&K, 37 are going to poll tomorrow.

“In the 17 DDC constituencies of Kashmir division, there are 155 candidates in fray including 30 females. In Jammu division, there are 144 candidates in fray for the 20 DDC constituencies in this phase, including 40 females,” Sharma said.

He further said that there are 125 Sarpanch vacancies which have been notified in the 5th phase and out of these, 30 have been elected unopposed. There shall be contest in 58 constituencies and 175 candidates including 51 females are in fray.

Similarly, he said that out of the total 1412 Panch vacancies notified in this phase, 218 constituencies will go for elections with 527 candidates including 137 female candidates.

“ 2104 polling stations have been setup across the UT for this phase, of which, 914 are in Jammu division and 1190 are in Kashmir division. Of 2104 polling stations, 1193 are Hyper sensitive, 472 are sensitive and 439 have been categorized as normal,” Sharma said

SEC said that out of these 2104 polling stations, there shall be a poll for Sarpanch vacancies on 271 polling stations and Panch vacancies on 229 polling stations, along with the DDC polls.

“Polling for this phase shall be conducted on 10th December, 2020 from 7am to 2 pm,” he added.

SEC further said that all the requisite arrangements for this phase are in place including manpower, election material and security arrangements in all poll going areas.

“In view of Covid-19 pandemic, adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety of all stake holders including the voters. Sanitizers, thermal scanners and face masks have been arranged at the polling stations to ensure that SOPs issued by the concerned authorities, including wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing are strictly followed at the polling stations,” Sharma added.

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