Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) DDC Election Results 2020

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) DDC Election Results 2020
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December 22: The elections, held in eight phases, began on November 28, 2020, and ended on December 19 2020. Officials within the State committee said a complete of two,181 candidates, including over 450 women, were within the fray for the 280 DDC seats.

The leads within the District Development Council (DDC) polls show that the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) is about to win the bulk of the seats in Kashmir valley because the Centre backed Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party has did not make a mark. Of the 113 leads thus far, the People’s Alliance is ahead on 67 seats (National Conference 28 and People’s Democratic Party 25) within the valley followed by the independent candidates leading on 11 seats. The BJP is additionally leading on two seats in North Kashmir.

Of trends available in 108 constituencies by 2 pm, BJP was leading in 53 seats, National Conference 20 seats, Congress 13 seats, Jammu Kashmir Apni Party 4 seats, Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party 2 seats, Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan on one seat and independents were leading on 14 seats.

The DDC polls hold significance since within the absence of elected representatives this is often the primary exercise to elect representatives to an administration since the 2014 Assembly elections. The Ministry of Home Affairs on October 16 through an amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, provided for the establishment of the DDCs.

This system effectively replaces the District Planning and Development Boards altogether districts and can prepare and approve District plans and use of cost. The key feature, however, is that the DDCs will have elected representatives from each district. Their number has been specified at 14 elected members per district representing its rural areas alongside the Members of legislature chairpersons of all Block Development Councils within the district.