J&K Delimitation Commission likely to submit report by April end

The Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission which has enhanced J&K Assembly seats from 83 to 90 is likely to submit its report to the government by the end of April, according to sources.

Home Minister Amit Shah has already said that once the Commission submits its report, the Centre may take a call on holding the Assembly elections in the union territory.

Headed by Retired Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and comprising Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra and State Election Commissioner (SEC) KK Sharma, the Commission was established on March 6, 2020 with a one-year term which was extended by another year. While the term was due to expire on March 6, 2022, it was granted two months extension. The Commission is unlikely to  get another extension.

The commission has proposed six new assembly constituencies in the Jammu region taking the number of Assembly seats in the region from 37 to 43. In Kashmir, the commission has proposed just one more seat taking the number from 46 to 47.