ECI Visiting J&K On Jan 27,To Take Call On Simultaneous Polls   

SRINAGAR — Full Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir on January 27 and 28 for on spot assessment of the situation.

Headed by Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, the ECI on will take a final call on whether to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State or defer the Assembly elections by few months, sources said.

Last week,  state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar said decision on holding of simultaneous polls will be taken by the election commission even as he said that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the polls. “The decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration,” he hadsaid.

The officer said that progress on updation of voters for which the final publication date was January 1 was launched on September 1, but the date was extended by the Election Commission for the state, along with some other states till January 31.

During this period, as many as 3,07,813 additions, 1,25,834 deletions, 94,565 corrections and 14,989 transpositions were made, the CEO said.

A massive awareness programme will being launched soon to educate the masses about the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT).

The CEO had said the Election Commission had allocated 17,000 additional EVMs with VVPAT facilities to the state to be used in the elections.

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