Centre will take final call after the Delimitation Commission submits its final report
As per sources, the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission is likely to submit its report to the government by the end of April, after which the Centre may take a call on holding the Assembly elections in J&K.
Headed by Retired Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and State Election Commissioner K K Sharma, the Commission was established on March 6, 2020, with a one-year term which was extended by another year. While the term was due to expire on March 6, 2022, it was granted two months’ extension.
The sources also said that the Centre will review all aspects including the security facets. The Centre will take a final call on elections in Jammu and Kashmir after the Delimitation Commission submits its final report by April end. The decision will be taken after the Centre reviews all aspects, including security, sources said.
The draft roll will be published, following which a ‘door to door’ verification of the electoral roll will be done. The Centre will discuss the same during an all-party meeting, the government sources elaborated.
“The report will be submitted to the Ministry of Law and Justice as they had notified the Commission. And after which a summary revision of Electoral Rolls will be taken up by the Election Commission,” said a senior government official.
According to him, after the next three-four months, draft rolls will be published and verification is done door to door. “After all this process, it seems the government might call an all-party meeting and take their opinion,” he added.
The commission has proposed six new Assembly constituencies in the Jammu region which would be carved out from Udhampur, Rajouri, Doda, Kathua, Samba, and Kishtwar districts, the sources said. This will increase the number of Assembly seats from 37 to 43 in the Jammu region.
Similarly, one new seat has been proposed in Kashmir valley, to be carved out from the existing Kupwara district, thus making the assembly seats 47 from 46 in the Kashmir region.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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