Electoracy / Jammu & Kashmir Elections / Factoids 41 through 60

As a part of vibrant Indian democracy, the history of elections in Jammu and Kashmir is quite interesting. The Dispatch brings to you some basic factoids in its series Electoracy -The Electoral Literacy. Here is fact-file 41 through 60

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Electoracy / Jammu & Kashmir Elections / Factoids 41 through 60

As a part of vibrant Indian democracy, the history of elections in Jammu and Kashmir is quite interesting. The Dispatch brings to you some basic factoids in its series Electoracy -The Electoral Literacy. Here is fact-file 41 through 60

Read Fact-File 1 through 20 here

Read Fact-File 21 through 40 here

41. Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) along with EVMs were used in 3 seats out of 87 in Jammu Kashmir assembly elections of 2014.

42. After winning a whopping number of seats in assembly (25), Bharatiya Janata Party for the first time became a coalition partner in the Jammu and Kashmir government in 2014.

43. PDP (28 seats) entered into an alliance with BJP (25 seats) in 2014, after ‘ironing out’ their ideological differences and coming together for a ‘Common Minimum Programme’.

44. Women weren’t entitled to vote during the very first elections of Jammu and Kashmir in 1934.

45. Out of 30 women contestants, who fought the 2002 Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, only two could make it to the state Legislative Assembly. The same thing happened in 2014.

46. Mehbooba Mufti from People’s Democratic Party was the first woman to hold the office of Chief Minister in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

47. Mehbooba Mufti of J&K was India’s second Muslim woman Chief Minister. The first was Syeda Anwara Taimur of Assam.

48. Gurbachan Kumari, from the Bari Brahmana constituency, was the only woman out of four, who won a seat in the 1977 Assembly elections.
49. In the Assembly elections of 1983, not even a single women candidate out of seven could win a seat to the J&K Assembly.
50. During the Assembly elections of 1987, all of the 13 the women candidates were fielded only in Jammu region.
51. Swaran Lata, from the Bari Brahmana constituency, was the only woman out of 13, who won a seat in the 1987 Assembly elections.
52. Ladakh, for the first time, had a woman candidate during the 1996 Assembly elections, however, she did not win the elections. She was Spalzes Angmo.
53. The highest number of women candidates in fray for Assembly elections in J&K was in 2008, and that remains a record till date. 67 women were fielded as candidates in 2008.
54. As many as 7 women candidates won the elections to State Legislative Assembly seats in 2008, and that is the highest number of women legislators in Jammu and Kashmir.
55. Since 1972, only 19 women have been elected to the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislative Assembly.
56. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, from PDP, died in office during his second term as J&K Chief Minister (2014-2016). His first stint as J&K CM was 2002-2005.
57. In 1996, Farooq was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir for the fifth time.
58. Supreme Court in 2010 upheld the freeze imposed by Jammu and Kashmir government on the delimitation of assembly constituencies in the state till 2026.
59. Separatist-turned mainstream politician, Sajjad Lone from People’s Conference, joining the J&K assembly election fray in 2014 and winning it, was one of the noteworthy events in the political history of the state.
60. The assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir are to be held every six years, that is, the term of Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) is six years.

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