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Prolonged delay in holding Panchayat elections
State Govt faces credibility crisis
1/24/2018 12:01:55 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 23: Repeated deferment of elections in the state citing security issues has raised serious question mark on the credibility of the state government and disenchanted the electoral from the electoral exercise, which is essence of the democracy.
The clouds of deferment are hovering over panchayat elections in the state after state government pushed for the postponement of Anantnag parliamentary by elections in April last year. According to political commentators, the precedence set up by the state government of deferring elections is dangerous and will certainly affect credibility of the government and democratic system. "The state government has already postponed Anantnag parliamentary elections, which has discouraged electorates and now they are mooting to defer panchayat elections and it will certainly have repercussions on the government's credibility," said political expert, adding that people are now raising questions over the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly elections, respectively. They said that the government is claiming that the atmosphere is not conducive to hold elections and what if atmosphere remained same. The government has already failed to hold elections of parliamentary elections and if panchayat elections are also delayed, it will have wrong impression on the electorates. "The government at present has the effective security apparatus in place, but still the government is making defending deferment of elections by claiming security reasons," said expert, adding that if they could not hold elections at this time, it should be considered that government is incapable. Meanwhile, a senior police officer from Kashmir valley, wishing anonymity said that they are all ready to deal with any insurgency, but there is lack of will within the government to hold elections. "We have the best security apparatus in place and no one can claim that elections are being deferred due to security concerns," said police officer, adding that stray incidents of violence cannot be ruled out. Pertinent to mention here that in April last year, Election Commission (EC) deferred by-election to Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag constituency after 8 people were killed and scores were injured in violence during bypolls in Srinagar.
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