The Delimitation Commission along with Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra will visit Jammu and Kashmir between July 6 and July 9, the electoral body said on Wednesday. This is being considered as the first step towards holding Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
“During this period, the Commission will interact with political parties, public representatives and Union Territory administration officials including District Election Officers/Deputy Commissioners of 20 districts of the Union Territory to gather first hand information and input concerning the on-going process of delimitation as mandated under the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019,” the Election Commission said.
The Delimitation Commission was formed in March 2020 and its term got an extension till March this year amid the pandemic. The commission’s chairperson is Justice (Retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai. Members include Chandra, the Jammu and Kashmir election commissioner, and five associate members nominated by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
“The commission already had series of meetings related to data/map of the Districts/constituencies related to census 2011,” the statement added. “A number of representations has also been received on various aspects concerning delimitation from civil societies and members of public from the Union Territory.”
The commission said it has noted all suggestions and directed that further deliberations on the recommendations…