Election Commission Buys More Time On J-K Polls

15 October 2008

Srinagar: Politicians and residents have given mixed reactions to the Election Commission’’s decision to buy more time to decide on the poll dates in Jammu and Kashmir. Leaders of the state’’s National Conference party backed the decision. “I think it is a right decision because Jammu and Kashmir is a sensitive state. Here, whenever elections are held it should be credible one. There is no doubt that the security situation is improving, but the Election Commission should ensure that there should be people participation as only when people participation is there we will consider elections as credible,” said Raheem Rather, a senior leader of National Conference. Meanwhile, residents in Jammu said the independent poll panel’’s decision reflected the weakness of the Central Government. “The Congress Government has come under pressure of the militants. The process was supposed to begin but now if it is delayed it will be postponed by five-six months, as now snowfall will begin. People who want democracy will now be disappointed,” S. Wazir, a resident. The Election Commission on Tuesday said it was still discussing an election date for as it announced dates for polls in five other states. The polling in Delhi and Mizoram will be held on November 29 and in Madhya Pradesh on November 25. In Chhattisgarh, polling will be held in two phases on November 14 and 20 while polling will take place on December 4 in Rajasthan. All the results will be declared on December 8.