Anantnag Bypoll Cancelled, Election Commission Cites Law And Order Situtaion

Tue, 02 May 2017 10:28 IST

The Anantnag bypoll, earlier slated to be held on April 12, was postponed for May 25 due to poor law and order situation.

Anantnag Bypoll Cancelled, Election Commission Cites Law And Order Situtaion
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The Election Commission has cancelled the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll, saying the ground situation is not conducive to hold free and fair elections.

The bypoll, earlier slated to be held on April 12, was postponed for May 25 due to poor law and order situation.

The Commission, which issued the order late last night, said non-availability of sufficient number of security personnel was another reason to cancel the poll process.

The 10-page order said a fresh date would be announced later.

The order said "in view of the prevailing ground situation and non-availability of sufficient security forces, the Commission is of the considered view that peaceful, free and fair poll is not feasible on May 25, as scheduled, though some political parties have asked for the same."

Following the resignation of Mehbooba Mufti in July last year when she became the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, The Anantnag Seat was vacated and bypoll was called for it. The parliamentary seat was to go to polls on April 12 which were postponed due to violence during the April 9 polling for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in which eight people were killed.

A home ministry official told PTI that the EC had been told that around 300 companies of paramilitary personnel could be arranged for deployment during the bypoll. A company of paramilitary comprises around 100 personnel.

Last week, the EC had asked the home ministry that 740 companies of paramilitary forces be put at its disposal by May 12 so that proper deployment of forces could be undertaken.

Earlier, the EC had sought 30,000 paramilitary personnel for the bypoll to Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats.

(With PTI Inputs)