Election Commission notifies Changes in Schedule for Anantnag Lok Sabha Seat of Jammu and Kashmir

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The Election Commission on Monday issued a statement stating changes in the election schedule of Anantnag Parliamentary seat of Jammu and Kashmir. The Anantnag Lok Sabha Seat was represented by Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti.

As the new release by the Poll panel, The issue of gazette notification is March 28, while the last date of filing nomination is April 4. Candidates can withdraw their nominations April 8, notification stated.

The EC in its statement further said polling in Anantnag district would take place on April 23, in Kulgam on April 29 and in Shopian and Pulwama on May 6. The counting of votes will take place along with that of the Lok Sabha elections on May 23.

Anantnag Parliamentary is one of the longest vacant seats that was left by Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in 2016 when she joined hands with BJP to form the next government in the valley.

Lok Sabha Polls are slated for April-May this year that would spread on Seven Phases starting from April 11 to May 19. Polls in Jammu and Kashmir’ Six Seats will take place in five phases. While Polling in Anantnag Parliamentary Seat will take place in three phases – April 23, April 29 and May 6.

Election Commission had on Sunday declared schedule for General Elections 2019. Results for the crucial Lok Sabha Polls will be announced on May 23 four days after the 7th phase of voting.

However, contrary to the expectations, The Poll Body on Sunday announced not hold Jammu and Kashmir State Polls simultaneously with General Elections 2019. The Poll Panel who had earlier this month visited the valley cited security reasons behind not clubbing State Polls with Lok Sabha Polls.

Apart from notifying changes in the schedule, The Statement further said that Byelections in 18 Assembly seat of Tamil Nadu will be held on April 18, the second phase. The state will poll on April 18 to elect a parliamentarian while by-elections in 18 assembly seats are also slated to take place on same day.

READ: EC releases Dates for By-Elections to 18 Assembly Seats in Tamil Nadu; To be Clubbed With LS Polls

However, byelections are slated for 21 vacant assembly seats but the Poll body had on Sunday announced By-elections in 18 seats leaving 3 Assembly Seats – Ottapidaram, Aravakurichi and Tirupparamkundram as they are bound by litigation and is pending in the court.

Out of all 18 seats, the by-polls in 16 seats were necessitated after the disqualification of the sitting MLAs under the anti-defection law. While one seat belonged to DMK Patriarch M Karunanidhi.

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