Bhubaneswar: The first phase of polling for the first-ever District Development Councils (DDCs) elections in the newly carved out union territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) began today morning amid tight security.
While there are 280 constituencies (140 each in Jammu and Kashmir regions), the first phase polling is being conducted for the 43 constituencies (25 in Kashmir valley and 18 in Jammu region) today, reports said.
The polling process that began in the morning hours at 7 am today will continue till 2 pm, reports added.
Reports also said that low turnout of voters was seen at the polling stations initially owing to the cold weather conditions there.
The DDC elections have reportedly been scheduled to be held in eight phases and conclude on December 19. Counting of votes has reportedly been slated on December 20.
The contest in the elections is expected to be triangular between the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) of several mainstream political parties like the National Conference (NC) led by the Abdullahs and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Mehbooba Mufti (both former CMs of the erstwhile state) and the BJP.
Notably, the maiden DDC elections are being held in the backdrop of abrogation of contentious Article 370 in 2019 by the Modi Government at the Centre soon after last year’s General Elections.