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EC yet to decide on Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll date

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Commission (EC) was yet to take a call on when the Anantnag by-poll would be held as the security scenario in the district there was not considered conducive, an official said.

The seat has been lying vacant since July 4, 2016 after PDP chief resigned as a member as she took over as the chief minister of


The EC had, on May 1, cancelled the Anantnag by-poll, which was slated for May 25, citing a poor law-and- order situation and lack of adequate central forces.

The poll panel had earlier planned to conduct the by-poll on April 12, but had subsequently postponed it to May 25, citing similar problems in the Kashmir Valley.

The official said no decision had been taken so far on holding the by-poll as the situation was not yet conducive for it.

The had then informed the EC that the by-poll needed to be postponed since the security agencies wanted to resume the counter-militancy operations.

The had also said these operations would be necessary in the coming months to restore public order and enable elections to be conducted in a free-and-fair atmosphere after October.

"The apprehension expressed by the that there may be reluctance on the part of the polling personnel to go to the polling locations, in view of the fear in their minds with regard to their safety and security is also a matter of concern," the May 1 EC order had said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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