NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India on Tuesday held an internal meeting on addressing the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories—Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Besides updating senior officials on the provisions of the bill abrogating Article 370, the EC also discussed the pending delimitation exercise.
Though the home ministry is yet to provide any formal instruction or information on the reorganization and delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir, the EC discussed how it will deal with the issue after receiving the notification, said a senior EC official.
The EC is likely to hold a series of meetings once it gets a formal intimation from the home ministry, and the Jammu and Kashmir administration, the official quoted above said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, provides for increasing the number of assembly seats in the newly formed Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir from 107 to 114. Delimitation is the process of fixing limits or boundaries of territorial constituencies in a country or a province with a legislative body.
Ladakh will be a Union territory without a legislative assembly.
One person familiar with the development said that the issue of delimitation will be “deliberated upon and then necessary action will be taken".