MHA Seeks Time From EC To Decide On J&K Polls

10 September 2008
The Times of India

New Delhi: After talking to political parties on the feasibility of holding assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir, the Election Commission on Wednesday held consultations with officials of the home ministry who sought some more time to get back to the poll panel with their opinion. The home ministry officials are learnt to have told the EC that the situation needs to be closely watched for a few more days before taking any final call. The full commission headed by CEC N Gopalaswamy, which earlier held a meeting with J&K chief secretary S S Kapoor and police chief Kuldeep Khoda, asked the home ministry officials to come up with details, including reports on the security situation and availability of forces for holding elections in October-November, as soon as possible.