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Voting Rights To Non-Locals Is Last Nail In Coffin Of Electoral Democracy: Mehbooba

Addressing a press conference, Mufti said, "This is the last nail in the coffin of electoral democracy. A Muslim majority state chose India.

Mehbooba Mufti
File photograph of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti (Photo Credit: PTI)

Srinagar : PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that the BJP giving voting rights to non-locals is the “last nail in the coffin of electoral democracy”.

Addressing a press conference, Mufti said, “This is the last nail in the coffin of electoral democracy. A Muslim majority state chose India. They wanted to be part of secular India. But people have lost confidence in voting. Everything is happening in BJP’s interest.”

She also asked National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah to convene an all-party meeting to decide the future course of action with regarding the election commission allowing outsiders to register as voters in Jammu and Kashmir.

Election Commission on Wednesday announced the schedule of the Special Summary Revision in Jammu and Kashmir, and announced that the people who were not voters in the Assembly after the abrogation of Article 370 from the region can now be named on the voter’s list.

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According to an official, the person need not be a “permanent resident” of the Union Territory for the same. Addressing a press conference, Hirdesh Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, J-K and Ladakh, said:

“After the abrogation of Article 370, many people who weren’t voters in the Assembly can now be named on the voter’s list to cast their vote… and no person needs to be a permanent resident of the state/UT.”

According to the schedule, Integrated Draft Electoral Roll would be published by all Electoral Registration Officers on September 15, 2022.

The period between September 15 and October 25 has been earmarked for filing claims and objections and all disposals in this regard would be completed by November 10.

Checking of health parameters and obtaining the Commission’s permission for final publication, updating the database and printing of supplements are to be done by November 19, 2022. The Final Electoral Roll would be published on November 25.

The Chief Electoral Officer reiterated that any person attaining the age of 18 years on or before October 1, 2022, who is otherwise qualified to be enrolled as an elector in the Electoral Roll, can apply for his registration during this special summary revision.

The final electoral roll after due disposal of all claims and objections filed within the stipulated time period would be published on November 25, 2022.