You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Election Commission observers to visit Jammu and Kashmir

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The three special observers appointed by the to suggest as to when Assembly polls in can be held, will visit the state soon.

While announcing the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections on Sunday, the poll panel had said that Assembly elections in cannot be held simultaneously due to security concerns flagged by the Centre.

The three observers -- Noor Mohammed, Vinod Zutshi and A S Gill -- Tuesday met and fellow commissioners and

The task cut out for the observers entails assessing the situation of on real time basis to enable the poll panel take a call on holding Assembly elections in the state.

"During the meeting it was requested to the observers that they may kindly visit the state at the earliest...," an statement said.

Since the has been dissolved, the is bound to hold fresh polls there as well within a six-month period, which will end in May.

While there was a view that the elections can be held along with the Lok Sabha polls, but complex security situation in the state given the heightened tension along the India-border titled views against it.

While the Centre and the state administration, being managed by the governor, were against holding the two elections together, all political parties there favoured simultaneous polls during a meeting with the Election Commission earlier this week.

The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly's six-year term was to end on March 16, 2021, but it got dissolved after a ruling coalition between the PDP and the BJP fell apart. The other state Assemblies and the Lok Sabha have five-year terms.

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

First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 22:00 IST