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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday amended its warrant of precedence, placing chairpersons of the district development councils equivalent to administrative secretaries and IGPs. According to the warrant of precedence, a copy of which lies with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), chairpersons of DDCs have been placed at serial number 26 in the protocol list. They have been placed equal to administrative secretaries, divisional commissioners/IGPs, joint secretaries to the Government of India…

Kupwara: After keeping the counting process in limbo for nearly two months over antecedents of a PaK born female candidate contesting DDC elections from Drugmulla constituency, State Election Commission has finally announced nullification of the then held elections even as dropping the name of candidate in question permanently from electoral rolls. State Election Commissioner in an order, of which a copy lies with GNS, maintains that a complaint was received by the polling authorities before…

‘Only few DDC members allowed to meet EU delegation’ Srinagar: The District Development Council (DDC) members from Budgam, who were scheduled to meet the visiting foreign envoys today at Magam, have been put ‘under detention’ and are not being allowed to move outside. According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), DDC vice-chairperson Nazir Ahmad Jahra said that six National Conference (NC) DDC members have been put under detention at Shoray-e-Afaq while one has been kept…

Pulwama: A District Development Council candidate from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has accused the Jammu and Kashmir administration of favouring Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in the run-up to the DDC polls. According to the candidate Rukiya Jaan, who recently lost the election from Pulwama’s Kakapora second constituency, the polling station for her opponents from BJP and National Conference was placed just outside their homes while as the location for Rukiya Jaan was set more than…

In the fray for the ongoing DDC polls are the free-floating electrons whose tribe expectedly grows during election season in Kashmir. In this first story of the three-part series on the ‘development’ polls in J&K, Free Press Kashmir takes a tour into the captive and curious world of not-so-independent candidates of the valley.  In a taciturn twilight in Kashmir’s withering fall—faintly echoing with poll-fest bugle—I received an unexpected call. “I have a story that will…

Srinagar: The Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) candidates who are contesting the forthcoming District Development Council (DDC) polls, Thursday filed their nomination papers. The PAGD, according to the list, had fielded 27 candidates from three parties including National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference. According to the list, 21 candidates belong to National Conference while four are from Peoples Democratic Party. It further mentioned that 2 candidates belong to Peoples Conference. Meanwhile, PAGD…

Srinagar: State Election Commissioner K K Sharma Wednesday announced the first ever District Development Council (DDC) elections in the J&K Union Territory stating that polls will be held in eight phases from November 28. He also said that elections for the vacant seats of sarpanchs and panchs and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) will also be held simultaneously with the DDC Polls. Addressing a press conference in Jammu, State Election Commissioner Sharma said that first ever…