Re-poll ordered on 2 DDC seats in Kashmir after 2 years

State Election Commissioner Kewal Kumar [File]
State Election Commissioner Kewal Kumar [File] J&K Information

Srinagar: The Union Territory Election Commission on Wednesday ordered re-polling on December 5 on two district development council seats of Kashmir Valley where counting was earlier cancelled in 2020.

In two separate orders, State Election Commissioner Kewal Kumar Sharma has ordered that re-polling would take place on December 5 in Hajin-A (Bandipora) and Drugmulla (Kupwara) from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. The counting would take place on 8 December, the order stated.

The counting of votes in these segments was stopped on December 22 after it was found that two contesting candidates were not Indian citizens.

According to the poll-body’s orders, Soomia Sadaf (contesting candidate from Drugmulla) and Shazia Begum (contesting candidate from Hajin-A) had entered wrong information in a declaration about their citizenship in Form-6 during registration as electors.

In March 2021, the poll-body declared the polling in the DDC Constituency Drugmulla held on 7 December 2020 and DDC constituency Hajin-A held 19 December 2020 as void and cancelled the candidature of Soomia Sadaff and Shazia Begum. It had then ordered that the re-poll shall be held by re-drawing the list of contesting candidates after dropping the name of these two candidates.

“The re-poll shall be conducted under the applicable election rules/guidelines, on date to be notified by the Election Authority, through a separate order,” the poll-body had said. (KNO)

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