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In a major development, after the abolition of most of the provisions of Article 370 and reorganization of the erstwhile state, preparations for the first elections in Jammu and Kashmir are in full swing and political parties are vigorously trying to woo voters.
As per thereports, the District Development Council (DDC) elections will be accompanied by eight phases for 230 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and 1200 panchayat seats.
The first elections of the District Development Council (DDC) will be held in eight phases in which 280 members will be selected in 20 districts from 28 November to 22 December. In the absence of elected government in the union territory, these councils are going to be the new unit of administration in the area.
Besides, the big regional parties boycotting the panchayat elections in the year 2018 have entered the electoral fray under the banner of National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), People’s Alliance for Guptkar Declaration (PAGD).
BJP and Congress are also campaigning in various areas of Jammu and Kashmir. While the BJP has fielded Union ministers and leaders as its star campaigners, only local Congress leaders are campaigning.
The State Election Commission and the Chief Electoral Officer have issued all notifications for DDC, Panchayats and ULB elections.
Notably, all procedures, including staff deployment, training, and other needs, have almost been completed.
Police say that elaborate security arrangements have been made to conduct uninterrupted elections and more companies of security forces are being called in Jammu and Kashmir for the election process.
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