A team from the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday embarked on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the preparedness for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the security situation in the state, IANS reported.
“The team headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Sharma will hold meetings with leaders of seven national and three regional parties in Srinagar on Monday,” IANS quoted official sources as having said.
“They will also hold detailed discussions with top administration officials including Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of Police of 10 districts in the Kashmir Valley and two in the Ladakh division,” said the report.
According to the sources, the team will also be briefed about the security situation in the state following cross-border tensions in the past one week.
“Before flying back to Delhi tomorrow (Tuesday), the team will hold a press conference here tomorrow,” news agency IANS quoted the sources as having said.
“The ECI visit is taking place amid intense speculation whether the state Assembly polls will also be held simultaneously with the general elections or be deferred to a later date,” reported IANS.