NC Backed Candidate Wins DDC Drugmulla Election, Apni Party Backed candidate Takes Hajin-A

Adv Amina thanks NC; Bukhari greets Naza Begum

Adv Amina thanks NC; Bukhari greets Naza Begum

Srinagar Dec 08 (KNS):  In the recently held re-poll for the district Development Council in Twin constituencies of North Kashmir, falling in Drugmulla Kupwara and Bandipora's Hajin-A fall to the two independent candidates, Advocate Amina Majeed of Drugmulla and Naza Begum of Hajin-A.

An official said that the DDC constituency Drugmulla Kupwara won by NC backed independent candidate, Adv Aamina Majeed by 39 votes while defeating her rival candidate Shabnam Rehman of PC. While DDC constituency Bandipora Hajin (A) also went to independent candidate Naza Begum, who had got support from Apni Party.

According to Returning Officer, the result of counting in the third round is that an Independent Candidate,  Amina Majeed got 3259 votes followed by PDP candidate Shabnam Rehman with 3220 votes, Apni party candidate Hameeda Begum 1474 votes, INC candidate Shabroz Hassan 746 votes,  BJP candidate Shakeela Akhtar 877 votes, Independent Candidate Rifat Jan 612 votes Independent candidate Rafiqa Bano 123 votes, Independent candidate Hafeeza Begum 46 votes, Gulshan Begum 34 votes and 28 votes by Saima Begum.

Similarly in DDC Bandipora Hajin A, independent candidate Naza Begum secured, 2706, PC candidate Ateeqa Bano managed to 2283, Kulsooma Begum BJP got 387, NC backed independent candidate got 2178.

Talking to media, Avocate Amina Majeed said that she is thankful of everyone who supported her during the entire process.

"I extend my gratitude to my people for voting in my favour. I also extend my warm regards to civil administration, police for the smooth conduct of elections," she said. "I am thankful of National conference for their ground support," she added.

Counting of votes for the 2 district development council (DDC) elections in North Kashmiris Drugmulla Kupwara and Hanjin Bandipora, began at 9 am on and lasted till 4 pm with the around 4 rounds to declare the winners.

The counting of DDC Drugmulla was held at ITI Kupwara, similar the counting of Hajin A was held at Bandipora DC office Bandipora.

Twin constituencies of North Kashmir, Drugmulla DDC constituency spanning over 42 polling stations with 32 thousand voters, witnessed 5624 males and 5109 females voting for their candidates. The Hajin (A) seat with 28 polling stations and 16000 voters.

DDC Drugmulla had ten candidates– Hameeda Begum (Apni Party), Shabnum Rehman (PAGD candidate), Shabroza Hassan (Indian National Congress), Shakeela Akhter (Bharatiya Janata Party), Adv. Aamina Majeed (Independent), Hafeeza Begum (Independent), Rifat Jan (Independent), Rafeeqa Bano (Independent), Saima Begum (Independent) and Gulshan Begum (Independent).

For Hajin (A) in Bandipora, five candidates in fray are Zahida Begum (Independent), Ateeqa Bano (Peoples Conference), Aabida Bano (Independent), Naza Bano (Independent) and Kulsooma Begum (Bharatiya Janata Party).

Pertinent to mention here, that DDC elections took place in December 2020. The counting of votes was withheld in Drugmulla and Hajin (A) owing to ‘disputed credentials’ of two candidates – Soomia Sadaf and Shazia Aslam. The State Election Commission (SEC) declared the polling in these constituencies as void, cancelling the candidature of both the candidates and directed for fresh polls on the two seats.

Meanwhile, Apni Party President Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, other leaders extended their greetings to Naza Begum. The party also expressed their gratitude to the voters, who voted for the Apni Party DDC poll candidate in  Dragmula Baramulla.(KNS)

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