Jammu and Kashmir Election Commissioner KK Sharma on Wednesday announced the first-ever District Development Council elections in the region will be held in eight phases from November 28. The elections to fill up vacant seats of sarpanchs and panchs and Urban Local Bodies will also be held simultaneously.

At a press conference, Sharma said the delimitation was complete and 280 constituencies for DDCs have been identified across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The term of the DDC will be for five years, he said.

Voting will begin from November 28 and conclude on December 19, and the counting of votes will be held on December 22. The results of panchayat bye-elections will be declared on the polling day. The polling hours will be from 7 am to 2 pm.

Sharma said that polling will take place through Electronic Voting Machines, while postal ballots will be available for Covid-19 patients in isolation, senior citizens and physically unwell patients. West Pakistan Refugees, who are Indian citizens and are eligible to vote in Parliamentary elections, will also be entitled to exercise their right to vote for the first time, the election official said.

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