Election Commission meets special observers on J&K for holding Parliament polls

ECI meets spl observers on J&K for holding LS polls

New Delhi:  Amid criticism over the decision not to conduct assembly and Lok Sabha polls simultaneously in Jammu and Kashmir, Election Commission on Tuesday held a meeting to take into account the affairs of the state.

The Commission met its special observers for the state, AS Gill, Noor Mohammad and Vinod Zutshi, and discussed the situation before the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and the modalities for the assembly elections, official sources said.

The poll body on Sunday announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections which will be held from April 11 to May 19.

However, the Commission had announced that it will not conduct assembly and Lok Sabha polls together in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Commission had also appointed the three former civil servants as its observers for holding polls.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor’s rule after the BJP withdrew its support to the alliance government led by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.

Since then, political parties from the valley have been demanding assembly polls, which is due in May.

However, the poll body did not announce the poll dates citing recent incidence of violence and security situations.

Former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Ms Mufti also criticised the decision and pointed out that it was the first time that assembly polls were not being held on time.


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