PC wins DDC chairperson elections in Kupwara,Election for Baramulla adjourned due to lack of quorum

NC’s strategy to adjourn election fails; Party councilors remain absent but others turn up

Srinagar, Feb 08 (KNO): Peoples Conference on Monday bagged the key post of chairperson of district development council in politically—significant Kupwara district.

In the election meeting held in Kupwara, PC’s Irfan Panditpuri was unanimously elected as chairman of the district development council while four members from National Conference remained absent from proceedings but they failed to ensure abstentions from three other members from Apni Party, Awami Ittehad Party and an independent candidate.

“The party was hopeful that three other members would remain absent and force authorities to adjourn election due to lack of quorum but they turned up ,” sources familiar with the party’s strategy told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

The post of vice-chairperson was also bagged by PC—backed Independent candidate, Hajji Farooq.

During the DDC election held in November—December, PC emerged as the single largest party by winning five seats, followed by National Conference with four seats.

Two seats went into the kitty of independent candidates while one seat each was bagged by Apni Party and Awami Ittehad Party of Er. Rashid.

Election for Baramulla adjourned due to lack of quorum

Now quorum for next election in district would be 8; To be held within 10 days

The election for chairperson and vice- chairperson of district development council in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district was adjourned due to lack of quorum.

Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer(KNO) that deputy commissioner of the district adjourned the election due to lack of quorum.

“Against the requirement of 10 members, only seven were present in Baramulla,” they said, adding that those present in Baramulla included Safina Baig(independent) ,Muhammad Muzaffar( indepedent), three members from Peoples Conference and two from Apni Party.

Those who abstained included two members each from National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Congress and independent Irfan Hafiz Lone.

Going by rules governing election for chairperson/vice-chairperson of DDCs, the quorum for first meeting of chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be two-third of the elected members.

However, the quorum for second and subsequent election meetings will be eight in Baramulla district as rules mandate that election will take place if only simple majority is present—(KNO)

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