Simultaneous Assembly elections in JK


Barring the BJP, almost all political parties are favouring simultaneous Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir with LokSabha polls at an All Party Meeting (APM) convened by the Election Commission few days back, which listed preparations undertaken by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) for conduct of general elections including publication of final electoral rolls of the State on January 31. The BJP representatives at the meeting said whatever decision the Election Commission of India takes on the Assembly elections will be acceptable to the party while four other major political parties including National Conference, People's Democratic Party, Congress and Nationalist Panthers Party supported holding of Assembly polls with LokSabha elections. CEO J&K Shailendra Kumar, who had convened the meeting, said that the representatives of the political parties were briefed by him that the full Election Commission of India would be visiting Jammu and Kashmir shortly to meet political leaders and officers of the civil and police administration especially those engaged with conduct of the elections for their assessment of the situation. The CEO called upon all political parties to deploy their representatives for booth level assistance to check addition, deletion or change of names in the voter lists so that there were no complaints later.
Wide ranging discussions were held with the political leaders and also sought their views on the forthcoming elections in the State. He briefed on the preparedness of the authorities for smooth conduct of Parliamentary as well as Assembly elections. The Election Commission has added another component called VVPATs which shall be available at each and every polling station to further enhance the confidence of voters. To familiarize the voters and BLAs about the functioning of EVM-VVPAT, a massive awareness programme is being launched soon whereby the Election officials will be visiting every nook and corner of the State to educate the masses. Necessary instructions in this behalf have been conveyed to the District Election Officers (Deputy Commissioners), said the CEO.

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