Assembly elections: Dy EC seeks views of stake-holders, reviews situation
JAMMU: The Election Commission on Wednesday reviewed the situation in Jammu and also held a meeting with the representatives of various political parties for conduct of Assembly elections in the State, ravaged by floods.Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi, who arrived in Jammu yesterday, was briefed about the devastation caused by the floods, the reconstruction and rehabilitation measures taken by the State Government and the approximate time for return of normalcy in the Valley.Zutshi, who is on a two-day visit, held a series of meetings in the morning with various stakeholders including representatives of political parties and senior State Government officials about the possibility of holding the elections later this year.
‘The representatives of BJP, Congress and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party met the Deputy Election Commissioner and briefed him about the prevailing situation in the State.
JKNPP members demanded that the election be held in time as the situation by the time will be conducive.
Sources said that the BJP also sought holding of the elections in time but demanded that the registration process of migrant voters be made easier.
”The Election Commission has assured that to make the process easier , the migrant voters can register themselves in their respective constituencies before the filing of the nomination by the candidates,” sources added.
The Deputy Election Commissioner later flew to Srinagar, where he held meetings with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Rohit Kansal and Inspector General of Police Abdul Gani Mir.
Zuthsi will tomorrow meet Chief Secretary M.I Khandey and DGP K. Rajendra Kumar besides holding a video-conference with the Deputy Commissioners of 10 districts of the Valley.
He is also scheduled to meet representatives of various political parties from Kashmir.
The term of the 87-member State J&K Assembly ends in January, 2015.