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PAGD Nominates 27 Candidates for Phase One of DDC Polls at J&K | India News

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SRINAGAR: The People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration, an amalgamation of seven regional parties, nominated 27 candidates on Thursday for the first phase of the District Development Council elections.
The DDC elections will be the first major political activity at J&K since the annulment of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and will take place in eight phases starting on November 28. In the absence of an elected government in the Union Territory, these councils are scheduled to become new units of governance in the region. The count will take place on December 22.
Conducting the DDC polls will complete the third tier of panchayats for the first time in J&K history as never in the past by former state-elected DDCs, which used to be led by the CM and state cabinet ministers.
The Sajjad Lone Peoples Conference has presented two candidates, from Rafiabad and Kralpora in northern Kashmir, while the PDP presented three candidates in Kunzar, in Baramulla, Kalaroos in Kupwara and Keller-2 in northern Kashmir. The rest of the 22 candidates were presented by NC.
The J&K election commissioner has issued the notice for Phase III of the District Development Council voting along with the by-elections for the vacant panch and sarpanch seats in the newly created Union Territory.
Districts to be covered in Phase III in the Kashmir division, according to the notification, include Sangrama and Wavoora in Baramulla district, Kund in Kulgam district, Khoveripora and Hiller in Anantnag district, Pulwama-II and Aripal in the district of Pulwama, Hyhama and Qaziabad in the district of Kupwara, Sukhnag in the district of Budgam, Bonakot in the district of Bandipora, Shopian I and II and Ganderbal A, B and C.
The notification for the Jammu division districts included Bounjwah and Nagseni in Kishtawar district, Bhaderwah East and West in Doda district, Gool in Ramban district, Mahore and Thuroo in Reasi district, Basholi and Bhillawar in Kathua district, Vijaypur A and B in Samba district, Bhalwal and Marh in Jammu district, Bhudal Old-A and Thanamandi in Rajouri district, and Loran and Mandi in Poonch district.
PAGD spokesperson and PC chairman Sajad Gani Lone tweeted to say that all approved candidates had submitted their nomination papers. “I’m tweeting this in response to some media reports that the list has yet to be published,” Lone said.
PAGD voters unanimously decided to contest the next elections jointly, but with the symbols of their own party, to prevent divisive forces from raiding J&K.
The PAGD comprises the NC, the PDP, the Peoples’ Conference, the CPM, the CPI, the ANC and the JKPM.

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