Pandurang Kondbarao Pole
Pandurang Kondbarao Pole

SRINAGAR — Chief Electoral Officer Jammu and Kashmir Pandurang Kondbarao Pole on Saturday said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to notify the schedule for Lok Sabha polls in the next 20 days.

Speaking with reporters during his visit to south Kashmir to assess preparedness for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, PK Pole, as per the news agency KNO, said that the Election Commission is expected to issue a formal notification regarding the poll dates in the next 15 to 20 days.

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He assured that the administration’s foremost priority remains to ensure free, fair, and transparent elections, ensuring that voters can exercise their franchise without any fear or difficulty.

During his review, Pole conducted meetings with officials from three South Kashmir districts – Anantnag, Shopian, and Pulwama. He also engaged with the Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) from these districts.

Pole acknowledged the challenges inherent in conducting elections but expressed confidence in the capabilities of the administrative officers to uphold the integrity of the electoral process.

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Moreover, the CEO underscored the significant improvement in the security scenario across Kashmir in recent years. He reiterated that any additional deployment of security forces would be carried out in strict adherence to the norms set forth by the Election Commission of India.

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