|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, Feb 17: In a big step towards holding Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Central government on Monday proposed a delimitation commission to draw out Assembly constituencies for the newly-formed union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the delimitation commission will be headed by a former Supreme Court judge while one member each from Jammu and Kashmir administration and Election Commission of India (ECI) will also be a part of the panel.
According to the provision of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, introduced in the Rajya Sabha by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, "the number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir shall be increased from 107 to 114,” and the delimitation exercise “may be determined by the Election Commission".he Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir was dissolved by Governor on November 21, 2018. Fresh elections were expected in the erstwhile state within a period of six months, however, they were postponed in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories in August 2019.