Srinagar, Mon, Jan 16: National Conference and PDP on Monday attended the meeting convened by the Election Commission of India (ECI).
The meeting which included representatives from different political parties of the country was convened to demonstrate the Remote Electronic Voting machines (RVMs) to facilitate voting among 30 crore domestic migrants working across the country.
In the meeting, NC’s Treasurer Shammi Oberoi while speaking on the issue said that when the government is concerned about facilitating domestic migrants to exercise their voting rights, the 1.4 crore people of Jammu and Kashmir continue to remain deprived from exercising their democratic rights.
He further added that J&K which hasn’t seen elections for the last so many years is suffering on many fronts.
He raised the concern that people of J&K are being kept away from exercising their democratic rights and choosing their own government which would have effectively addressed their day to day issues.In its response, the Chief Election Commissioner acknowledged the points raised by Shammi Oberoi and said that the ECI is also concerned about the Assembly elections in J&K. The CEC said that preparations for the polls are underway and that much groundwork has been covered in terms of delimitation of constituencies, electoral rolls revision and booth identification.
PDP chief spokesman Suhail Bukhari said that he raised the issue of delay in holding assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir during the meeting.
“I told them that it is ironic that the poll-body has called a meeting to discuss ways to increase that the poll-body has called a meeting to discuss ways for increasing voter participation in polls, but people in Jammu & Kashmir are eagerly waiting for the past five years to exercise their voting rights,” he said.