J&K polls before May 2019, says EC

Political turmoil is going on in Jammu and Kashmir.  Governor dissolved the state assembly, Election Commission announced that a fresh election in the state would be conducted within the next six months

On Wednesday Governor dissolved the state assembly  after rival claims to form government from former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone, who is backed by the BJP. They claimed the support of 56 lawmakers in the 87-member state assembly.

Election Commission announced that a fresh election in the state would be conducted within the next six months even as it did not rule out the possibility of holding polls there before the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held in 2019.

“The Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls must be held on the first occasion before May… It could be held before parliament elections also,” Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said.

He added that according to the Supreme Court, the outer limit for holding fresh polls after the dissolution of a house is six months, that is May 2019.

At the same time, he made it clear that the Commission will decide on poll dates after “considering all aspects.”

He said, SC verdict, an outcome of Presidential reference, also said polls will have to be held on the first occasion which means even before six months.

 

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