J&K DDC polls: 10 candidates withdraw nominations from Shopian

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Shopian (NVI): Ten candidates have withdrawn their nomination papers for J&K District Development Council (DDC) polls from South Kashmir’s Shopian.

According to officials, on the last date of withdrawal today, ten candidates out of 91 for DDC Sarpanch and Panch seats withdrew their nominations from Shopian.

“One DDC candidate and nine candidates fighting for Panch seats have withdrawn their nomination papers,” they said.

DDC elections will be conducted in eight phases between Nov 28 and Dec 19; counting will take place on December 22.

Meanwhile, R R Bhatnagar, advisor to J&K LG and Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh today reviewed the security plans and preparedness in Central Kashmir for the upcoming DDC polls and by-elections for Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in a meeting.

The meeting was attended by IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, IG CRPF, Charu Sinha, DIG CKR, Amit Kumar, DIG CRPF South Srinagar, DS Maan, DIG CRPF, North Srinagar Dr. D.J Singh, DIG Sector Hqr, CRPF Ashok Samyal, SSP Srinagar, Dr. M. Haseeb Mughal, SSP Budgam Nagpure Amod Ashok, SSP Ganderbal Khalil Ahmad Poswal and Nodal commandants of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal.

Bhatnagar said that they appreciate Jammu and Kashmir Police and other forces in maintaining peace, stability, and law and order in J&K.

He also reiterated the importance of maintaining a close watch on the inimical elements.
“The need is to maintain real-time coordination between different security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the elections,” he said.

DGP Dilbagh Singh, while speaking on the occasion said that there is a need to be more vigilant and cautious in view of the possibility of terrorists attempting to disrupt the democratic process in J&K, saying that continuous attempts are being made by inimical elements across the border.

He also directed the officers to devise security plans and depute the security personnel as per the requirement. He emphasized making the effective use of drones to monitor the situation in and around the polls stations.

-ARK