Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Jammu and Kashmir, Shantmanu, on Monday said besides state police, 40 additional Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been called for Islamabad polls, slated to be held in next month.

Shantmanu told KNS that the preparation for Islamabad polls is going on. “The committees have been formulated for every activity of polls. Three Assistant Returning Officers (ARO) have been deputed in Kashmir while three others have been deputed in Udhampur, Jammu and Delhi each for migrants,” he said.

He said that only two candidates have so far filed their nomination papers while Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti is going to file her nomination papers on Tuesday (May 31).

Shantmanu said that nine candidates, aspiring to contest in elections have received the forms but among them only two have filed papers.

“Besides state police, 40 additional companies of CAPF have been called for the polls,” he said.

Meanwhile, Shantmanu informed that excluding Islamabad district, police department can make the selection list of 4000 constables’ public.

He was referring to a query over the letter written by police chief, K Rajendra Kumar to him seeking approval for making the selection list of 4000 constables public.

Shantmanu while admitting that he has received a letter from JK police chief said that as the code of conduct is in force in Anantnag, the state police can make the selection list of candidate’s public but without the aspirants from Islamabad district.

He said that if there is any process pending like exams, interviews or other things they can go ahead with that but the selection list for the candidates of Islamabad shouldn’t be made public till the code of conduct is in force.


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