Srinagar, 04 April (CNI) : A team of Election Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Rajeev Kumar will visit Jammu and Kashmir in the middle of this month to review the situation on the ground in the middle of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir,during the visit, the team will meet with senior management officers, district development commissioners and political parties and exchange ideas.
According to News agency-Current News of India (CNI) , it is currently not possible to hold assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir soon because a few days ago, the Election Commission of India, while addressing a press conference in New Delhi, said that there is a gap in Jammu and Kashmir which needs to be filled,a team of the Election Commission will visit Jammu and Kashmir in the middle of this month to review the ground situation.
Sources said that the full Election Commission will visit both the provinces of Jammu and Kashmir and in this regard all the stakeholders have already been given instructions to make preparation for presentation before the commission.
Although the detailed schedule is yet to be announced, the visit may last for two or three days as the full commission is expected to meet here with all top officials of the Election Department, 20 Deputy Commissioners, representatives of all national and regional recognized political parties and other stakeholders.
This visit became important because a few days ago in a press conference at New Delhi while announcing the schedule of Karnataka assembly elections, CEC Rajeev Kumar said that there is a gap in Jammu and Kashmir which needs to be filled.He also said that the ongoing special summary revision of electoral rolls will not affect the election schedule. The commission may also review the process of summary revision of electoral rolls.
According to the Summary Revision Schedule, announced by the Election Commission of India, the final electoral rolls of Jammu and Kashmir will be published on May 10, unless the schedule is extended. Sources said that the commission will seek feedback from all 20 deputy commissioners, other senior officers of the civil and police administration on the situation, while taking feedback from officials of the Election Commission in Jammu and Kashmir, political parties and other organizations.He added that it would make its opinion public after visiting the union territory.
However, sources believed that due to summer, tourist season and the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, there is no possibility of holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir in May-June, which will conclude on August 30.
Pertinently to mention that the last assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir were held in November-December 2014, as a result of which the late Mufti Muhammad Saeed-led PDP-BJP coalition government was formed in March 2015 after extensive consultations. However, the BJP withdrew support from the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in July 2018, leading to President’s rule and subsequent governor’s rule in J&K.(CNI)