New Delhi: The Election Commission Tuesday cancelled the Anantnag by-election that was supposed to take place on May 25, stating that the situation in the Valley is “not feasible”.
The decision comes after close examination of the area; the EC had requested the Centre for the deployment of a large battalion of soldiers (approx. 75,000) to ensure the safety of voters.
As per reports the Centre said the demand was unprecedented as it deployed 70,000 soldiers during the assembly elections in five states, it has to be noted that the scenario in Jammu and Kashmir has been worsening rapidly with every passing day.
The polling activity in the particular constituency had to be cancelled once earlier last month when wide-spread violence broke out on the day of election in Srinagar constituency. At least eight people lost their lives and caused over 300 injuries.
The by-poll, earlier slated to be held on April 12, was postponed for May 25.
The Election Commission is now expected to announce a new date for the polling activity to be conducted, as and when the situation improves, reports said.