Scary situation led to cancellation of polls: EC

The Election Commission of India (ECI) which cancelled the upcoming Loksabha by-poll in Anantnag Parliamentary constituency scheduled for May 25 said that the decision to cancel the polls was taken in view of the “scary” situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

 State government officials had informed the EC that the situation in South Kashmir “is not good, the overall situation is scary and not very conducive (to the holding of polls),” the EC said in a 10-page order issued late last night.

 The three-member commission cited various rules of the Representation of the People Act and the Constitution while rescinding its earlier order for holding polls to the Lok Sabha seat which fell vacant last July after Mehbooba Mufti took over as the chief minister of the state.

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