SRINAGAR — While the unionist political parties in Jammu and Kashmir pitch for the conduct of early Assembly elections, the top authorities concerned with the election process say that it is too early to predict the timing of elections, which according to them won’t be likely decided before May end next year.
Quoting unnamed ‘authoritative’ sources, KNS reported that Assembly elections in J&K are unlikely to be held before May end next year for various reasons.
They said that one of the reasons for elections not to be held till April next year is that the delimitation process in J&K is still under process and the Delimitation Commission is likely to submit its report till December end this year, which will mostly further delay election till April next year.
Sources also said that one of the main reasons for election not to be held this year is the security situation developing in J&K after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August this year.
“The crisis in Afghanistan after taking over of the region by Taliban has thrown a major security challenge to security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir, which would most likely further delay the conduct of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir,” they said.
Sources also said that the security agencies in J&K and New Delhi have been closely monitoring the developments in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover and its immediate impact on security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.