INDIA ELECTION DATE RELATED NEWS
The Election Commission of India (ECI) will visit J&K on March 4-5 and take a final call on the possibility of holding state elections either along with the Lok Sabha polls or soon after it.
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The EC will reach J&K after visiting Maharashtra and UP, and is likely to announce the Lok Sabha election schedule and its decision on J&K polls soon after the visit.
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ET has learnt that the state administration has conveyed that it is ready to hold assembly elections provided adequate security personnel are brought in. Two ‘security requirement’ scenarios have been shared with the EC and the home ministry –– of holding assembly polls along with the Lok Sabha elections or of holding it soon after the Lok Sabha elections are completed and before the President’s rule in the state ends on June 20.
The EC is bound by the 2002 SC verdict that states that whenever a House is dissolved prematurely, the EC is required to initiate steps to hold elections to constitute the assembly “on the first occasion and in any case within six months from date of premature dissolution”.
While six months of dissolution of J&K assembly ends on May 20, the President’s rule ends on June 20 and will require an extension by the next Lok Sabha. However, when the state government has indicated its readiness for polls, the possibility of delaying elections diminishes considerably.
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