Anantnag: parliamentary by-election cancelled due to security problems

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Tuesday, May, 02 2017 - 13:35

Parliamentary by-election scheduled for May 25 in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir has been cancelled due to security problems, the Election Commission has announced.

"The State Administration in its reports dated 16th and 17th March, 2017 informed that certain elements have started anti-election campaign against the upcoming by-elections," the Election Commission said, in its notice. 

The Commission said the state government had written to it, saying that separatists and other elements had launched a campaign against the participation of the public in the election.

The by-election to the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat which was vacated after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was elected to the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly last year, will be held when “the situation becomes conducive to the holding of free, fair and peaceful election".

The by-election was initially scheduled for April 12 but later postponed to May 25 due to violence in the region.

As many as 8 people were killed during Srinagar polls on April 9, which recorded the lowest turnout in 30 years.


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