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Assembly Elections: Meeting with ECI in Jan: CEO

Srinagar, Dec 30: Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shailendra Kumar, Sunday, said the meeting with the Election Commission of India (ECI) in connection with conducting of the assembly elections in the state is scheduled to be held after second week of January.

Kumar, as per news agency Kashmir News Service, said that J&K was ready for polls even if ECI decides to hold assembly elections before the Lok Sabha elections.

“The meeting with the Election Commission of India for discussion on holding assembly elections will likely be held after second week of January and Jammu and Kashmir election department is ready to hold assembly elections anytime and even before Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

The J&K government has already constituted two teams under the chairmanship of the divisional commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu divisions who are expected to take stock of the situation and security requirements.

Kumar said that prior to meeting ECI, he will hold a meeting with the divisional commissioners.

Ruling out that cold weather could pose a challenge in holding the elections in the remote places like Leh, Kargil, Machil, Keran and other hilly areas, the Chief Electoral Officer said: “When people don’t face any difficulty in carrying out their normal activity, what would stop them from coming out to polling stations and casting their votes. We won’t face any difficulty even if the elections are held in February.”