DDC elections: Counting will be recorded to achieve full transparency, says SEC Sharma

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All necessary arrangements have been made for counting of votes in all 280 District Development Council (DDC) constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, said State Election Commissioner (SEC) K K Sharma, reported Press Trust of India.

The counting will begin at 9 am in all twenty districts of the union territory, Sharma said at a meeting held on Sunday to review preparations and other arrangements for the counting process. “The Returning Officers will be incharge of the counting process for each DDC constituency. The entire counting exercise will be monitored and recorded to achieve full transparency,” Sharma said.

He said counting of ballot papers would be taken up on a round-wise basis after proper mixing of ballot papers from different polling stations as per the prescribed procedure and counting guidelines.

The eight-phase DDC elections were the first democratic exercise held in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 and division of the erstwhile state into two union territories last year.

The polls commenced on November 28 and concluded on Saturday with an overall voter turnout of approximately 51 per cent.

On the implementation of necessary COVID-19 protocols, Sharma said directions have already been issued to concerned deputy commissioners to adhere to coronavirus SOPs during the counting process.

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