Polling on Drugmulla DDC seat today

32,000 voters to decide fate of 10 candidates
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Kupwara: The Drugmulla DDC seat which witnessed massive polling campaign during the past several days is all set to go for re-polling on Monday.

Earlier, the State Election Commission (SEC) had declared the polls of two District Development Council (DDC) seats including Drugmulla and Hajin (A) as “null and void” after two women from PoK contested the elections.

The SEC has also cancelled the candidature of the two women, Soomia Sadaf and Shazia Aslam. Spanning across 30 Panchayats, a total of 32,000 voters would decide the fate of 10 candidates contesting elections on the Drugmulla seat.

The voting would begin at 7 am and last up to 2 pm. However, the counting of votes would be done after two days.

District administration Kupwara has put in place all necessary arrangements for the smooth conduct of polling in Drugmulla DDC constituency.

An official said that 42 polling stations have been established across the territorial constituency.

The Drugmulla DDC constituency has been exclusively reserved for women.

All the major political parties including National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bharatya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, and Apni Party have fielded their candidates. However, in a twist, the PAGD candidate in the last election now has the support of the Peoples Conference.

Meanwhile, authorities ordered that all the government departments and institutions falling in Drugmulla DDC constituency would remain closed on Monday in view of the re-polling. “In view of DDC election Drugmulla on December 5, 2022, it is hereby ordered that all the government departments and institutions falling in DDC Drugmulla constituency would remain closed on the day of polling,” reads an order issued by the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara.

“Moreover the employees residing in DDC Drugmulla constituency will also observe holiday on the poll date, December 5, 2022,” it said.

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