Srinagar : The counting of elections for 280 seats of District Development Council in Jammu and Kashmir has started today. That is, the fate of 2178 candidates is to be decided today. The counting has started from 9 am today. Voting took place for the first time after the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. In which a large number of voters took part and used their right to vote.
A total of 51.42 percent polling has been recorded in all the eight phases in Jammu and Kashmir and more than 30 lakh votes will be counted at the counting centers on Tuesday. In the DDC elections, the BJP is competing with the Congress and the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration. All parties are claiming the victory. But, only after the counting of votes is complete, it will be clear on which party the public has expressed their trust.
Jammu and Kashmir: Counting of votes for 280 constituencies of District Development Council (DDC) underway at Sher-I Kashmir International Conference Centre in Srinagar.
Visuals of heavy security deployment outside the counting centre. pic.twitter.com/li1S54vJaI
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Here the Election Commission has said that DDC will be in charge of the counting process for the constituency. To ensure transparency, the entire counting process will be monitored and video recording will be done.
At least 20 leaders in custody in Jammu and Kashmir –
Authorities detained at least 20 political leaders as a precaution on Monday, a day before the counting of the District Development Council (DDC) election in Jammu and Kashmir. It also includes three senior officials of the People’s Democratic Party. Mehbooba Mufti, the PDP president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, termed the detention of her party leaders as ‘goonda raj’ and accused the BJP of ‘conspiring to tamper with the results’.
Authorities said the administration has detained 20 leaders during the day as a precautionary measure, including PDP’s Sartaj Madani, Mansoor Hussain and Naeem Akhtar. Officials said that similar steps are being taken against mainstream leaders in other districts of Kashmir Valley.