Kupwara: State Election Commission is still undecided over the fate of those candidates who were in the fray for DDC elections in Dragmulla Block of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
DDC election results were declared on 22 December last month in Jammu and Kashmir. On that day, the result for Dragmulla Constituency was withheld abruptly after objection was raised over a woman candidate who hails from Pakistan Administered Kashmir.
Somaya Sadaf from PaK, who was married to a former militant, was in the fray for the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Dragmulla.
A resident of Muzaffarabad, Somiya Sadaf is contesting the election from Dragmulla Kupwara district of North Kashmir.
There were 12 candidates contesting this seat. The main contender for the seat was PAGD candidate Shabnam Lone. “I don’t understand why at all the nomination papers of PaK resident was accepted. She was allowed to campaign and contest and later objections were raised and results were withheld. I blame State Election Commission and District Administration for the mess,” Lone told Kashmir News Trust.
She said despite repeated requests to district administration and election commission, the result is not being declared given the fact PaK contender was polled only over a dozen votes.
When contacted, an official from District Administration Kupwara said that votes will be counted again and result will be declared after ‘discussion’ over the issue. (KNT)