Delimitation Comm seeks voters’ data, other details from DCs

K K Sharma resigns as advisor to Jammu and Kashmir L-G, appointed State Election  CommissionerJammu, June 09 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Delimitation Commission has written to all Deputy Commissioners of the territory, which is reeling under the New Delhi’s rule for last more than three years, to share data pertaining to electorates etc in their districts as well as the Assembly segments.

The Delimitation Commission headed by Retired Supreme Court Judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, hasn’t visited IIOJK even once since it was constituted on March 6, 2020 for a period of one year. It has now shot off letters to all Deputy Commissioners of the occupied territory seeking details on total electorates, topography and other composition of their districts as well as the Assembly constituencies within their jurisdiction at present.

One-year term of the Delimitation Commission had expired in March 2021 and was further extended by another year by the Indian Ministry of Law and Justice.

An Election Commissioner and State Election Commissioner (SEC) KK Sharma are two other official members of the Delimitation Commission while five members of Lok Sabha (lower house of Indian Parliament) from IIOJK are its Associated Members. They include Minister of State in the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma (both BJP), Dr Farooq Abdullah, Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi (all from National Conference).

The Delimitation Commission could call its second meeting with the Associate Members shortly especially after COVID situation is eased further, media reports said. First meeting of the Commission with the Associate Members was held in New Delhi on February 18 which was attended by the two BJP MPs but boycotted by the NC MPS on the ground that the party has challenged Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act in the Indian Supreme Court under which the Delimitation Commission was set up.