EC takes exception to J&K LG G C Murmu’s polls remark

Election Commission today took exception to Jammu and Kashmir LG G C Murmu’s reported statement that J&K polls will be conducted after delimitation.

The Commission said, in the Constitutional scheme of things, the timings and other issues of elections are the sole remit of the poll panel. The poll body said it would be proper for authorities other than Election Commission to refrain from making such statements which virtually tantamount to interfering with the Constitutional mandate of the Commission.

It added that before deciding the timing, it takes into consideration all the relevant factors including topography, weather, sensitivities arising out of regional and local festivities in the area.

For example, in the current times, Covid 19 has introduced a new dynamic, which has to be and will be taken into consideration at the due course of time.