Election Commission team assesses Kashmir situation

October 7th, 2008 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Oct 7 (IANS) India’s poll body chief Tuesday arrived here on a two-day visit to assess the situation for holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.The team of the Election Commission, led by N. Gopalaswami and including Navin Chawla and S.Y. Qureshi besides two deputy election commissioners, 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 tomorrow and obtain their views on holding of elections here.

State chief secretary S.S. Kapur and Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda will brief the commission 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.

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