Anantnag Assembly bypoll on June 19: EC
New Delhi: The by-poll to the Anantnag Assembly seat, which was postponed by the Election Commission after the State Government flagged law and order issues, will now take place on 19th June.
The Commission said the notification for the bypoll, necessitated following the demise of the then State Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed Syeed in January, will be issued on 25th May.
While the elections will be held on 19th June, the counting will take place on 22nd June, the poll panel said. The EC had earlier announced by-poll to this seat along with eight other Assembly constituencies on 16th May. The Election Commission had in April announced postponement of bypoll to the prestigious Anantnag assembly seat after the Jammu and Kashmir Government said the law and order situation in the district was “not conducive”.
The Commission had cited a communication by State Chief Secretary B. R Sharma who had said that the law and order situation of Anantnag District “due to certain recent incidents is not conducive at the moment for holding the bye-election”.
He had requested the Commission to postpone the bye-election for Anantnag Assembly Constituency for the time being. The decision had drawn flak from the Opposition National Conference.