EC takes strong exception to J&K Lt.Guv’s reported statement
New Delhi: Taking strong objection to the reported statement of G.C.Murmu, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, that reports attributed to J&K polls will be held after delimitation, the Election Commission has asserted that “in the Constitutional scheme of things, the timings etc. of elections is the sole remit of the Election Commission of India.”
It made it clear that ” It would be proper for authorities other than Election Commission to refrain from making such statements which virtually tantamount to interfering with the Constitutional mandate of Election Commission”.
The ECI on Tuesday referred to a report appearing in The Tribune newspaper today, i.e., 28th July 2020, titled “J&K polls after delimitation” and pointed out that similar statements of LG were earlier reported by other media publications such as The Hindu (dated 18.11.2019); News18 (dated 14.11.2019); Hindustan Times (dated 26.6.2020) and Economic Times (ePaper dated 28.7.2020).
“Election Commission takes exception to such statements,” the ECI stated. It explained that before deciding the timing, the Commission takes into consideration all the relevant factors including topography, weather, sensitivities arising out of regional and local festivities in the area(s) where the election is to take place. “For example, in the current times, Covid 19 has introduced a new dynamic, which has to be and shall be taken into consideration at the due time,” it pointed out.
In the instant case, it said, the outcome of Delimitation is also “germane to the decision”. It further explained that availability of central forces and railway coaches, etc. for the transportation of CPFs are important factors.
“All this is done after meticulous homework by the senior officials of the Commission and a detailed assessment in due consultation with concerned authorities. The Commission itself schedules a visit to the concerned State wherever required and holds extensive consultations with all the stakeholders,” it stated.
– globalbihari bureau