Assembly polls likely in December

ECI to make announcement on Oct 20


Electoral process may be reduced

He said the final decision on holding Assembly polls was up to the ECI. “The DEC has met representatives of all the major political parties and got their feedback. Let us see what decision they take,” said Narola. On how many voters would be added to the list of voters announced at the time of Parliamentary polls, he said approximately over 2.5 lakh voters would be added to the list. “Though the final and accurate list
would be available on October 15,” he said. At least 70 lakh voters were registered in the Parliamentary polls held in JK earlier this year.The main opposition party, PDP, while terming the elections as a compulsion had urged the DEC to reduce the electoral process by holding polls in very less phases. “This will obviously be the case if elections are held this year,” a source said. While Congress is of the belief that people
want new government, the ruling National Conference asserts that rehabilitation of flood-hit victims was their priority, not the elections. The BJP too wanted to see normalcy back in the flood-hit JK before fighting polls.

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