India, Dec. 22 -- Counting of votes for the eight-phased district development council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir began at 9 am on Tuesday and is currently underway. Later in the day, Srinagar district election officer Shahid Choudhary said that of the 14 DDC seats in Srinagar, seven were won by independent candidates and three went to Apni Party. One seat each, Choudhary said, was won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), National Conference (NC), People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement (JKPM).

NC and PDP are among members of the six-party People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).

"Out of 14 DDC seats in Srinagar, independents have won seven seats, Apni Party emerged victorious at thre...