The J&K Boundary Commission will submit its report soon: Sources

New Delhi, May 3 (IANS): The Jammu and Kashmir Boundary Commission is expected to submit its report shortly, sources said.

The Commission’s mandate expires on May 6 and it is likely to submit its report to the Election Commission of India soon.

The Commission has been constituted to redraw the Lok Sabha and J&K Assembly constituencies, and once it submits the report, the Electoral Commission will take a call to hold Assembly elections in the territory of the J&K. Union of J&K.

The sources also said that the Center will look into all aspects, including security aspects.

The incumbent government officials also said that the draft voter list will be released and a “door-to-door” verification of the list will be carried out and the Center will also discuss it in a multi-party meeting to have their opinions.

The sources said the earliest elections could be held in October and the state election office would like them to be held before the onset of winter at J&K.

Earlier, the Commission had proposed six new Assembly constituencies in Jammu region which would be split from Udhampur, Rajouri, Doda, Kathua, Samba and Kishtwar districts, the sources said.

They also said that it will increase the number of Assembly seats from 37 to 43 in Jammu region, while a new seat has been proposed for Kashmir valley to be separated from Kupwara district, bringing the number of seats to 47 in the Kashmir region.

The Boundaries Commission is headed by former Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Desai and includes Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and Election Officer J&K as ex-officio members.

The Commission was established on March 6, 2020, with a one-year mandate to redraw J&K’s parliamentary and assembly constituencies. The Commission was granted a one-year extension in 2021 and again for two months on March 6, 2022.

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