"It would be proper for authorities other than the Election Commission
to refrain from making such statements which virtually tantamount to interfering with the Constitutional mandate of the Commission," the statement said.
The poll panel said before deciding the timing, it takes into consideration all the relevant factors, including topography, weather, sensitivities arising out of regional and local festivities in the areas where the election is to take place.
"For example, in the current times, Covid-19 has introduced a new dynamic, which has to be, and shall be taken into consideration at the due time. In the instant case, the outcome of delimitation is also germane to the decision," the statement said.
Availability of central forces and railway coaches for their transportation are important factors, it pointed out.
"All this is done after meticulous homework by the senior officials of the Commission and a detailed assessment in due consultation with concerned authorities," it said.
The Commission itself schedules a visit to the concerned state wherever required and holds extensive consultations with all the stakeholders, the statement noted.
The union territory of J&K came into being on October 31, 2019 after the state was reorganised and bifurcated into two union territories, Ladakh being the other.
There is a provision of a state legislature in the union territory of J&K.
A Delimitation Commission set up by the government earlier this year has started the exercise of redrawing the assembly and parliamentary seats in J&K and some northeastern states.
Delimitation is the process of fixing limits or boundaries of assembly and parliamentary constituencies in the country.
According to the section 60 of the J&K Reorganisation Act, "...the number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Union territory of J&K shall be increased from 107 to 114...."
Out of these, 24 seats are in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. So effectively, the seats will go up from 83 to 90, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had explained recently while responding to queries on the delimitation process in J&K.
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