J&K polls decision after considering security, weather: ECI

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar said on Wednesday that the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held with various factors in mind, including weather and security concerns.

“We are conscious that in any place which is due for elections, it is our duty that we get the government in place as mandated,” Kumar told the reporters in New Delhi.

The CEC said that the delimitation process and the revision of electoral rolls in the union territory has been completed. Similarly, returning officers and additional electoral registration officers have also been appointed.

“We are aware that once the process is complete, they (polls) must be held. And taking the weather, taking the security concerns and all other factors…other elections at that time…. (into consideration, we will take a decision),” the CEC said.

J&K has not had an elected government since June 2018, when Governor’s rule was imposed after the PDP-led coalition government lost its majority following the withdrawal of support by the BJP. The last four years have witnessed a drastic political makeover of the state-turned-union territory, so much so that in many aspects, the current J&K bears little resemblance to what it was pre-August 2019.