KG News Desk
Srinagar, April 21: The Election Commission on Thursday postponed the May 16 bypoll to Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag assembly constituency on the state government’s request.
Announcing postponement of the bye-election, a poll panel statement said new date would be announced later.
The decision came after the Mehbooba Mufti state government wrote to it, saying the situation was not conducive for holding the bye-election.
The Election Commission on Tuesday announced that voting for bye-elections to Anantnag assembly seat that fell vacant because of the death of sitting member and chief minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, would be held on May 16.
The announcement had taken the state government by surprise. Even the state’s chief electoral officer, Shantmanu had reportedly learnt about the EC decision through media reports.
The Commission said the Chief Secretary B R Sharma has apprised it that the law and order situation of Anantnag district “due to certain recent incidents is not conducive at the moment for the holding bye-election”.
He requested the Commission to postpone the bye-election from Anantnag Assembly constituency for the present, it said.
Located in South Kashmir, Anantnag seat fell vacant after the death of the then state Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on January 7.
The EC postponed the bypolls today after state Chief Secretary B R Sharma informed the Commission that the law and order situation in the state was not conducive.
The EC said in a statement that the Chief Secretary apprised it that the law and order situation of Anantnag district “due to certain recent incidents is not conducive at the moment for the holding bye-election”.
The Commission had announced bypoll to this seat along with eight other assembly seats on May 16.
The poll panel today said that fresh date will be announced later.