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Mehbooba Mufti on allowing outsiders to register as voters in J-K: 'Last nail in coffin of democracy'

Jammu and Kashmir is likely to get around 25 lakh additional voters, including outsiders, after the special summary revision of electoral rolls being held for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370.

Reported By : Manzoor Mir Edited By : Nivedita Dash | Srinagar
Updated on: August 18, 2022 14:11 IST
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti
Image Source : PTI PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir: Calling it, 'last nail in the coffin of democracy,' Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday expressed her displeasure with regard to election commission allowing outsiders to register as voters in the Union Territory.

According to Chief Electoral Officer Hirdesh Kumar, Jammu and Kashmir is likely to get around 25 lakh additional voters, including outsiders, after the special summary revision of electoral rolls being held for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370.

PDP president said that the election authorities can't allow outsiders residing ordinarily in Jammu and Kashmir for jobs, education or business to register as voters.

 

Meanwhile, NC chief Farooq Abdullah has called for an all party meeting on Monday at 11 am at his residence regarding the same issue. The meeting will discuss the future course of action with regard to the Election Commission allowing outsiders to register as voters in the Union Territory.

"With regard to CEO's announcement stating that non-locals will be added as voters in J&K, Dr Farooq Abdullah has convened an APM (all-party meeting) on August 22 (Monday) at his residence," NC state spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said. Dar said Abdullah has spoken to the mainstream political parties in the Union Territory and invited them to join the meeting.

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