Election Commission meets representatives of political parties in Srinagar

October 8th, 2008 - 10:30 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar, Oct.8 (ANI): The three-member Election Commission today met representatives of various political parties and groups in Jammu and Kashmir to assess the situation before taking a final decision on when to hold Assembly elections in the state.
The state is presently under Governor’’s Rule.
The team of the Election Commission, led by N. Gopalaswami, included Election Commissioners Navin Chawla and S.Y. Qureshi besides two deputy election commissioners. They met senior civil officials in separate meetings here Tuesday evening.
The commission team was briefed about the situation in the state by advisors to the governor, H.H. Tyabji, S.S. Bloeria and M.C. Phunsog besides the two divisional commissioners of the Jammu and the Kashmir Valley regions, an official said.
The Commission will meet the representatives of political parties of the state on Thursday and obtain their views on holding of elections in Srinagar.
State chief secretary S.S. Kapur and Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda briefed the commission on Wednesday on the law and order situation and the assessment of the administration for the polls, which are due in November in the state.
The state is under Governor’’s Rule since July 11, when the previous Congress-led government was toppled after key coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party withdrew support to chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad over the bitter Amarnath land row. (ANI)

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