Poll Deferment: Contesting candidate was not consulted by ECI, says opposition

Opposition National Conference (NC) and Congress Tuesday said that the contesting candidate and the opposition parties were not taken on board while deferring and rescheduling polling for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.

In a statement issued here, leaders of the parties regretted that the contesting Candidate and the opposition party was ignored in the decision making process related to rescheduling of elections.

A joint delegation comprising of senior leaders of INC and NC led by JK Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G A Mir met the Election Commissioner of India in New Delhi on Tuesday and apprised it of their experience and the role of the government during the campaigning, besides discussing the overall situation in Kashmir valley especially in Anantnag Lok Sabha Constituency.

The delegation gave a detailed presentation to the Election Commission about the situation and shared their experience during the period of Campaigning for the Anantnag Lok Sabha Constituency.

They apprised the Commission about the hardships faced by the Opposition Parties during the campaigning especially in Anantnag Constituency and the role of the Sate government and Official Machinery in this regard.

The delegation expressed serious concern over the situation that prevailed in the Constituency and said that it was the duty of the State government to create a conducive atmosphere and appropriate security environment for the conduct of free, fair and successful Electoral exercise, but it utterly failed in its duty and played a partisan role during the campaigning.

The delegation also submitted a Memorandum highlighting the failures and role of the present Govt and urged the Commission to take all necessary and adequate measures inorder to instill the confidence amongst the voters especially Opposition for any further decision regarding conduct of the election to the seat and to ensure free, fair, independent and impartial atmosphere for the same.

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