ECI likely to visit J-K in March

Election Commission of India (ECI)

SRINAGAR — The Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to visit the Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory on March 12 and 13, sources disclosed.

Sources told the news agency KNO that the EC comprising the Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners would visit J&K, likely on March 12 and 13, to review preparedness for Lok Sabha polls to be held in April and May.

During its visit to J&K, the poll panel is expected to meet different stakeholders including political parties and officials from civil administration and police.

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The poll panel could also assess the feasibility of holding Assembly polls in J&K in view of the deadline set up by the Supreme Court.

On December 11, 2023, the Supreme Court directed the Election Commission of India to hold J&K Assembly polls by September 30, 2024.

Jammu & Kashmir has been without any elected government since June 19, 2018, when BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti-led government, citing deteriorating security situation in the erstwhile state.

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It is worthwhile to mention that the Election Commission of India has approved 635 companies of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir and 57 in Ladakh for conduct of polls for six Lok Sabha seats in the two Union Territories carved out of the erstwhile state of J&K.

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