ECI Defers Anantnag By-poll To  May 25

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Srinagar: A day after Srinagar parliamentary seat witnessed an unprecented low voter turnoutand violence that killed eight civilians,the Election Commission of India(ECI) on Monday evening deferred the bypoll for the Anantnag seat till May 25. It was earlier scheduled to be held on April 12.

 Earlier Ruling PDP-BJP combine candidate, Tasaduq Mufti Monday called on the Election Commission to postpone the Anantnag by-polls slated for April 12th.

Tasaduq, who is the brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, addressed a press conference at CM’s official residence and said he would withdraw if his withdrawal helps postponing the poll.

He also said that PDP has sent a formal request to the Election Commission seeking postponement of the polls.

The development comes in the wake of an unprecedented low turnout in the first phase of elections held on Sunday which also saw the death of eight civilians in police firing.

Only 7.14 percent of voter turnout was recorded in the Srinagar Parliamentary constituency of nearly 1.3 million voters.
The constituency comprises three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal.

Tasaduq asserted that the current turbulent situation was not conducive for polls.

 “The situation is not conducive for polls,” Tasaduq insisted. “You can not force people to vote and you can not force people not to vote.” Democracy, he said, should not lead to the killing of people.

The state can always make an appeal to the ECI to postpone the poll. He said the government should always be pre-emptive. He said he shares the perception that South Kashmir will follow central Kashmir events.

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