SRINAGAR: The Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to visit the UT of Jammu and Kashmir on March 12 and 13, sources said.

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Quoting sources, KNO reported that the EC, comprising the Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners, would visit JK, likely on March 12 and 13, to review preparedness for Lok Sabha polls to be held in April and May.

During its visit to JK, the poll panel is expected to meet different stakeholders, including political parties and officials from civil administration and police.

The poll panel could also assess the feasibility of holding Assembly polls in JK in view of the deadline set by the Supreme Court.

On December 11, 2023, the Supreme Court had directed the Election Commission of India to hold JK Assembly polls by September 30, 2024.

Jammu and Kashmir has been without any elected government since June 19, 2018, when BJP withdrew support to the Mehbooba Mufti-led government, citing a deteriorating security situation in the erstwhile state.

It is worthwhile to mention that the Election Commission of India has approved 635 companies of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir and 57 in Ladakh for the conduct of polls for six Lok Sabha seats in the two Union Territories carved out of the erstwhile state of JK.

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