Delimitation in J&K likely after elections on vacant Panchayat seats


Announcement of Commissions led by Rtd HC Judge soon

Srinagar, February 01 : After the re-organization of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, the delimitation in J&K would likely be started soon after the culmination of upcoming Panchayat polls on vacant seats.

According to the wire service—Kashmir News Observer, the Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories—J&K and Ladakh on August 5, when the central government also announced the abrogation of special status (Article 370) of erstwhile State.

The Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Act, 2019, provides for increasing the number of assembly seats in the newly formed Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir from 107 to 114. Delimitation is the process of fixing limits or boundaries of territorial constituencies in a country or a province with a legislative body.

Reliable sources while talking to KNO said that the committee headed by a retired High Court (HC) judge will be soon announced for the delimitation of assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

They said that the government at present is busy in holding the elections on vacant seats of Panchayat here following which the committee will be constituted to start a process for delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources further stated that keeping in view of population and other things, it is likely that less than five constituencies will be increased in Jammu and Kashmir. “The Committee that will be constituted will be although entitled to take a final call in this regard, but it is expected that a few assembly constituencies that will not be more than five will be increased,” sources said.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) held its first meeting on the proposed delimitation in August last year- days after Parliament passed the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019, and surmised that a central communication was necessary to start the process.

Earlier, there were reports that the delimitation in J&K will be started in December 2019.

The current effective strength of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly is 87, including four seats falling in Ladakh region, which is now a separate UT without a legislature.

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