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ECI team cancels visit to JK, suggests delay in polls

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Srinagar: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has deferred its visit to Jammu and Kashmir that was scheduled on January 27 and 28.The ECI’s move could suggest that the assembly polls in the state might be delayed.
Reports said that the team, headed by Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, was to visit the state to review the situation and take a final decision on holding LokSabha and Assembly elections in the State or defer the Assembly elections by few months.
However, reports quoting sources said that the team has postponed its visit to the state due to unknown reasons.
The Election Commission of India (ECI’s) decision to defer its visit to Jammu and Kashmir has cast doubts over the early polls being held in the trouble-ravaged state. Though a review meet has been held in New Delhi to assess the situation in the state.
Final decision will be taken after a fortnight after thorough consultations with police, political parties and other stake holders, a source privy to the meeting said.
According to the sources, a team from the ECI was planning to visit both Jammu and Kashmir divisions on January 27 and 28 for an on the spot assessment of the situation regarding the holding of assembly elections.
“For the time being it was decided to put the decision on hold till wider consultations with various political parties, police and the intelligence agencies is completed,” the sources said, adding that a final call on the conduct of polls is expected after a fortnight.


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