New Delhi. Amid indications that elections will be held soon in Jammu and Kashmir, the Election Commission has invited all parties to Vigyan Bhawan on Monday, where a technical demonstration of the new voting machine (New EVM) will be given to them.
The new EVMs will enable migrants to cast their votes without reaching polling booths, which is being seen as an important step towards holding elections in the Valley.
Stuffunknownreported this week that elections may be held soon in the union territory. Although the Election Commission has not yet linked this meeting or the exhibition of EVMs with the assembly elections. Invitations have also been sent to PDP and National Conference for these exhibitions. In such a situation, it will be important for the central government to see which parties come on Monday.
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The final voter list of Jammu and Kashmir was published on 25 November, paving the way for the elections. After the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories in 2019, the first election will be held in the state.
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Assembly elections have not been held in Jammu and Kashmir since the BJP withdrew support to the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government in 2018. Generally, a month-long election program has been taking place in the state. Thousands of personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces are deployed here to ensure free and fair elections and to maintain law and order.
Here the voter list was revised after a gap of about three years. Earlier it was done for the last time on January 1, 2019. After the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370, the voter list could not be updated.
However, later the constituencies were redrawn after the delimitation exercise. After this delimitation, the number of assembly seats has been increased from 83 to 90, excluding the seats allotted to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 14, 2023, 19:48 IST