EC calls high-level meeting to discuss Jammu and Kashmir Assembly poll

Srinagar: The election commission (EC) has called a high-level meeting in national capital on Friday to debate potentialities of holding the Assembly poll in Jammu and kashmir, that is presently beneath President’s rule.

An official told larger Jammu and Kashmir that the State’s chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar, Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh and residential Secretary Shaleen Kabra would meet the EC team to debate the “feasible time” to conduct Assembly election within the state.

“The EC would request their feedback on totally different poll-related problems and choices given by its special observers before taking a final invoke the matter,” the supply aforesaid.

The meeting is going down eight days once the special observers, appointed by the EC to asses the bottom scenario, submitted their report.

When contacted EC representative, Sheyphali Sharan, aforesaid the report of observers is beneath examination.

In their report, the observers have given 3 choices to carry Assembly polls within the state, that is while not associate nonappointive government for the past ten months.

The supply aforesaid the primary possibility given by the observers is to carry associate election between June 8-24, another different is to conduct the election from might fifteen-June 15. The third possibility is to carry the Assembly poll once Sep 15.

The EC had appointed Noor Muhammad (former IAS officer), Vinod Zutshi (ex-IAS officer) and AS Gill (retired IPS officer) as special observers to assess true within the state. in real time once their appointment, the observers visited the state. They control conferences with representatives of political parties, organisation and alternative stakeholders throughout their five-day keep within the state.

The observers had submitted their report back to the poll-body last week. it’s going to be recalled that the state had plunged into a political crisis on June 19, 2018, once the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government folded following withdrawal of support by the BJP within the state.

The state had then come back beneath Governor’s rule. On November 21, the State Assembly was dissolved once Peoples democratic party (PDP) and Peoples Conference staked separate claims to create a government within the state. once the six-month amount of Governor’s rule complete, J&K was placed directly beneath the President’s rule.

As per Supreme Court ruling, the EC needs to initiate steps for conducting the election at intervals six months just in case of premature dissolution of Assembly. thus just in case of J&K, the EC needs to initiate steps for holding poll before may 20.

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