File Pic CEC Sunil Arora
File Pic CEC Sunil Arora

CEC to hold meeting on J-K assembly polls tomorrow

ANI | Updated: Mar 11, 2019 19:30 IST

New Delhi (India), March 11 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora will conduct a meeting on Tuesday to discuss modalities for Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections.
The EC's decision not to hold assembly elections along with Lok Sabha polls drew strong criticism from leaders of various political parties across the country including Kashmir.
The Chief Election Commissioner on Sunday announced that there will be no simultaneous elections for Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly owing to the recent incident of violence, among other factors. 
The 17th Lok Sabha election will be held in seven phases beginning April 11. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19. The counting of votes will be done on May 23.
"The commission has been continuously assessing the prevailing condition in the state. Based on input, the constraint of availability of central forces and other logistics, the requirement of forces for the security of candidates in the wake of recent violence and keeping other challenges in mind, EC has decided at this stage to announce only the schedule of Parliament election in Jammu and Kashmir," said Arora.
"The commission has conducted several rounds of meetings with state administration as well as the MHA Secretary. In the totality of these views, the commission has decided at this stage to announce only the schedule of the parliament election," he added.
 Election Commission has also appointed three former civil servants Amarjit Singh Gill (IPS 1972 batch, former DG, CRPF), Noor Mohammad (IAS 1977) and Vinod Zutshi (IAS 1982) as special observers for the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)