Amid tight security, J&K BDC polls begins

Security personnel stand guard as panchs and sarpanchs queue up to cast their votes for Block Development Committees (BDC) elections in Kashmir (PTI Photo)

Polling in the Jammu and Kashmir block development council (BDC) began on Thursday morning amid tight security, with the Congress, National Conference and the PDP boycotting the first electoral exercise after the abrogation of the state's special status.

"The polling has started at all the polling stations from 0900 hours this morning. There have been no reports of a delay from anywhere," state Chief Electoral Officer Shailender Kumar told PTI.

Polling will be held from 9 am-1 pm and the results would be announced later in the day.

Jammu district electoral officer Sushma Chauhan said there were no reports untoward incident reported from anywhere in Jammu.

Tight security has been put in place at all the polling stations and candidates to ensure peaceful polling. Due care has been taken about the security of panchs and sarpanches who are going to vote for the BDC polls, the officials said.

After the final withdrawal of nomination papers, 1,065 candidates are in the fray for the BDC polls across the 22 districts of the state, election officials said.

Twenty-seven candidates have been elected chairpersons in various block developments councils (BDC) of the state unopposed.

There are 316 blocks in the state, out of these two are without elected panches or sarpanches besides, four blocks have been reserved for women. Thus, the elections would be held in 310 blocks, officials said.

Ballot boxes will be used during the polls as the election shall be held through secret ballot, the officials said.

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