Ramping up efforts to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Delimitation Commission is set to visit the Union territory from 6 to 9 July to interact with all stakeholders, including political parties, government officials and public representatives, officials said on Wednesday.
Delimitation Commission, under the chairpersonship of Justice (Retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, in the presence of Sushil Chandra, Chief Election Commissioner, has decided to visit the Union territory.
During this period, the commission members will interact with political parties, public representatives and Union territory administration officials including district election officers/deputy commissioners of 20 districts of the Union territory to gather first-hand information and inputs concerning the on-going process of delimitation as mandated under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
The Delimitation Commission was constituted in March 2020 and its term was extended by another year in March 2021 in view of the on-going pandemic. The third member of the commission is the state election commissioner of Jammu and Kashmir.
The commission also has five associate members nominated by the Speaker of Lok Sabha. The commission already had a series of meetings related to data/map of the districts/constituencies related to Census 2011.
Earlier, it invited all associate members for an interaction, in which two of the associate members participated.
A number of representations has also been received on various aspects concerning delimitation from civil societies and members of the public from the Union territory. The commission has already taken note of all such suggestions and directed that these may be deliberated further in the context of ground realities concerning delimitation.
The Commission expects that all stakeholders will cooperate in this endeavour and will provide valuable suggestions so that the task of delimitation is completed on time.
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