Election Commission report says situation in J&K conducive for polls: Sources

An Election Commission official's report stated on Friday that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is hit by the worst-ever floods, is conducive for polls.

Updated: Oct 17, 2014, 20:32 PM IST
Election Commission report says situation in J&K conducive for polls: Sources

Srinagar: An Election Commission official's report stated on Friday that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is hit by the worst-ever floods, is conducive for polls.

According to reports, the Local Commissioner has informed that they are ready to hold polls in the state.

The sources further said that state officials have also informed Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi that the polls do not have to be deferred beyond December.

However, the Election Commission will take the final call on polls only after visiting the flood ravaged state tomorrow.

The full Election Commission comprising the Chief commissioner, VS Sampath, and two commissioners, HS Brahma and Naseem Zaidi, will be here on a two-day visit. Sampath is slated to address a media conference in here tomorrow afternoon.

The term of 87-member J&K Assembly will end on January 19, 2015. The ruling National Conference had said that the polls should be deferred to next year, because of the recent floods that devastated large parts of the state.

Flood triggered by heavy rain in Jammu and Kashmir has claimed over 200 lives and left thousands homeless. It has also caused extensive damage to road, rail and telecommunication infrastructure in the state. 

However, last week, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, after meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi told media persons that the situation in the state was not conducive for holding Assembly elections due to the recent floods.

Under the state constitution which applies concomitantly to Jammu and Kashmir in addition to the Indian constitution, there is provision of six-month long Governor's rule.

If an elected government is not in office beyond the period of the Governor's rule, the state can be put under the President's rule as provided for by the country's constitution.

With Agency inputs