Bandipora- The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) won the election for the post of chairperson of the District Development Council (DDC) in Bandipora district held on Saturday, officials said.
PAGD is an amalgam of six parties seeking the restoration of the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In the fifth phase of the polls on Saturday, the election was conducted in Bandipora district in north Kashmir and the PAGD, which also includes the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won both the posts of the chairperson as well as the vice-chairperson, the officials said.
The PAGD had fielded an NC candidate for the post of the chairperson and a PDP candidate for the deputy.
The NC’s Abdul Gani Bhat was elected as the chairman of the district council, whereas Kounser Shafeeq of the PDP was elected as the vice-chairman, the officials said.
Bhat polled seven votes out of the total 14 members elected to the council in December last year, they added.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.