Srinagar: The results for the re-polling held earlier this week in two District Development Council (DDC) seats – Drugmulla in Kupwara and Hajin-e in Bandipora – were declared on Thursday. The seats had fallen vacant after the State Election Commission (SEC) rejected the candidature of two candidates in December 2020 due to their ‘questionable credentials’.
Kupwara saw a tough fight between Independent candidate Advocate Ameena Majeed and People’s Conference candidate Shabnam Rehman. Even the latter took the lead in the second round, but Amina prevailed in the end and won with a margin of 39 votes. People believe that Amina was supported by the National Conference, she got a total of 3,259 votes while Shabnam got 3,220 votes.
Apni Party’s candidate Hamida Begum secured 1,474 votes followed by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Shakeela Akhtar with 877 votes. Indian National Congress’ Shabroz Hasan got 746 votes, while Independent Rifat Jan got 612, Rafika Bano Independent got 123, Hafeeza Begum Independent got 62, Gulshan Begum Independent got 34 and Saima Begum Independent got 28 votes. ,
A total of 240 votes were declared invalid out of 10,675 votes cast.
The winning candidate Ameena Majeed is a lawyer by profession and a member of the District Bar Association Kupwara.
In Hajin-e, Naza Begum, believed to be supported by her own party led by Altaf Bukhari, won a comprehensive victory. Naza Begum got 2,606 votes and was followed by People’s Conference candidate Atika Bano who got 2,283 votes. Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kulsuma Begum got 387 votes and independent candidate Zahida Begum got 315 votes.
A total of 323 votes were declared invalid, officials said.
The counting of votes for DDC Dragamulla took place at ITI Kupwara and that of Hajin-A took place at DC office Bandipora amid tight security arrangements.
The two constituencies went to polls on 5 December, simultaneously seeing days of roadside and door-to-door campaigning. Supporters, especially women, braving the bitter cold came out of their houses in groups to vote for their respective candidates.
Hajin (A) in Bandipora saw a voter turnout of 53.27%, with 4,708 males and 3,982 females out of 16,000 voters, while Dragmulla in Kupwara saw a lower turnout. Out of a total of 32,000 voters, the constituency recorded a turnout of 32.73% as 5,624 men and 5,109 women came out to exercise their franchise.
DDC elections were held on these seats for the first time in December 2020. The counting of votes was stopped in Drugmulla and Hajin (A) due to the ‘dubious credentials’ of two candidates – Somiya Sadaf and Shazia Aslam. The State Election Commission (SEC) later declared the polling in the two constituencies void and canceled the candidature of both the candidates ab initio, ordering fresh elections to the two seats. (GNS)