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In all-party meet NC, PDP questions delay in conducting Assembly polls in J&K
1/16/2023 11:28:46 PM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 16: During the all-party meeting convened by the Election Commission of India, regional parties of J&K raised the issue of inordinate delay in holding assembly elections.
Although the meeting was convened only to demonstrate the functioning of the multi-constituency prototype Remote Voting Machine, regional parties seized the opportunity and questioned the delay in conducting the assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
Quoting PDP chief spokesman Suhail Bukhari, a Kashmir-based news agency reported that he raised the issue of delay in holding assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir during the meeting.
Bukhari, who represents PDP in the all-party meeting, claimed that he vociferously raised the issue of denying democratic rights to the people of J&K to elect their own government.
He said the Chief Election Commissioner told the meeting that all technical processes have been completed in Jammu & Kashmir.
“The CEC told us that exercises of delimitation and revision of voters have been completed,” he said, adding that CEC further said they are also concerned over the matter.
In a statement, the National Conference said that its treasurer Shammi Oberoi while speaking on the issue that when the government is concerned about facilitating domestic migrants to exercise their voting rights, the 1.4 crore people of Jammu and Kashmir continue to remain deprived of exercising their democratic rights.
Oberoi further added that J&K which hasn’t seen elections for the last so many years is suffering on many fronts. He raised the concern that people of J&K are being kept away from exercising their democratic rights and choosing their own government which would have effectively addressed their day to day issues.
In its response, the Chief Election Commissioner acknowledged the points raised by Oberoi and said that the ECI is also concerned about the assembly elections in J&K.
The CEC said that preparations for the polls are underway and that much groundwork has been covered in terms of delimitation of constituencies, electoral rolls revision, and booth identification, the National Conference said.
As reported earlier, today’s meeting was convened only to demonstrate the functioning of the multi-constituency prototype Remote Voting Machine.
The ECI has developed a remote electronic voter machine (RVM) with migrant voters in mind. On Monday, the ECI will demonstrate the working of the RVM to political parties from all over the country at the upcoming meeting. The invitations were extended to these political parties in December last year.
According to a letter written by B.C.Patra, Secretary ECI all political parties including eight recognised national parties have been invited on January 16 to demonstrate the functioning of the multi-constituency prototype RVM.
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