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EC meet on 30 April to discuss possible dates for Jammu and Kashmir Assembly election, says poll body sources

New Delhi/Srinagar: The Election Commission (EC) officials will meet in the national capital on 30 April to discuss the possible dates of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls, official sources said on Friday.

On Friday, top officials from the Jammu and Kashmir government, including Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmaniam, Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra and DGP Dilbagh Singh, met the EC, including the chief election commissioner, in Delhi to discuss the poll preparedness in the state, officials said.

Sources said, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had sought the meeting with the EC through the ministry of home affairs.

 EC meet on 30 April to discuss possible dates for Jammu and Kashmir Assembly election, says poll body sources

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"Now we have asked them to given in writing what they have said so that full commission can consider it on 30 April," said a senior functionary.

However, the Jammu and Kashmir governor is not in favour of holding polls to the state Legislative Assembly in the near future in view of the ongoing tourist season and the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra in the Valley, which will begin on 1 July, they said.

The sources said the "full commission" comprising the chief election commissioner and two fellow commissioners will meet on 30 April to discuss the possible dates of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls.

The officials said the EC, during the meeting, rejected the assertion of the officials from Jammu and Kashmir that the situation in the state needs to be assessed before conducting the Assembly polls.

They said said the Commission was of the view that if the Lok Sabha polls could be held, there should be no issue in holding the elections to the state assembly.

The meeting took place days after the three special observers appointed by the EC submitted their report on the possibility of holding Assembly polls in the state after the Lok Sabha polls.

The state chief electoral officer had met the deputy election commissioner concerned on Thursday, ahead of Friday's meet.

On Friday, the election authorities in Jammu and Kashmir had written to district election officers to submit list of district level nodal officers within two days for assembly polls in the state. However, the order was withdrawn within hours of it being issued.

Jammu and Kashmir has not an elected government since the PDP-BJP coalition government fell apart in June 2018.

The state was placed under Governor's Rule, as provided by the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, on 19 June, 2018, after the BJP withdrew from its coalition with the PDP.

As mandated by the Constitution, the state was brought under President's Rule on 19 December, 2018, which will have to be extended for a period of six months on 19 May, 2019, or till an elected government is put in place, whichever is earlier.

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Updated Date: Apr 26, 2019 23:34:47 IST