EC reserves decision on holding joint Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar | The Election Commission of India has reserved it’s reserved its decision on whether simultaneous election will be held in Jammu and Kashmir for the Lok Sabha and legislative assembly.

Responding to question whether a joint election will be held in Jammu and Kashmir CEC Sunil Arora in a press conference said, “Commission had discussions with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, DGP, Union Home Secretary and all political parties. We’ll consider everything and inform about the decision at a press conference in Delhi.”

Arora further criticised the political parties for turning the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) into football. He said,” Sorry to say we have made EVMs a football, if the result is X, EVM is good if the result is Y, EVM is not good as if EVM is voting. It’s you and I who are voting, so no point in going over this again.”

Speaking on the credibility of EVMs, CEC said, “We have been using EVMs for more than 2 decades, very strange even if you take from 2014 onwards, there was a Lok Sabha poll in Delhi, there was X result, some political entity won. Then in Delhi Assembly polls, another political entity won with a heavy margin.”

Jammu and Kashmir is under the President’s rule since December 20 after the expiry of Six-months governor’s rule imposed after BJp withdrew its support from the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition government on June 20, 2018.

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