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Amid tight security, J&K block development council polls underway

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

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

Polling starts 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 takenabout 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 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 reservedfor 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 secretballot, the officials said.

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