So now preparations are on for elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The Delimitation Commission headed by Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai has finalized the delimitation order for the Union Territory of #JammuAndKashmir Delimitation Commission and submitted its report to the Election Commission. After which the Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra has said that the voter lists will be updated in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the reason why the Delimitation Commission has completed its report in a reasonable time frame.
The Boundary Commission constituted for the reorganization of the block in Jammu and Kashmir has also submitted its final report (Delimitation Commision Report). In which it has come to the fore that the Demarcation Commission has proposed to increase the number of assembly seats in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Due to which this gap of representation of seats has increased rather than decreased. The commission has also made recommendations like reserving 9 seats for the ST fraternity and nominating two people from the Kashmiri Pandit community to the assembly.
Actually, the term of the Demarcation Commission ended on Friday, 6 May. The Demarcation Commission has increased the total number of seats for Jammu and Kashmir by 7. If this is implemented, after this the number of assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir will increase from 83 to 90. The report was signed on Thursday by the three-member Demarcation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir headed by Justice Ranjana Desai.
Apart from this, the commission has also proposed to reserve two seats in the assembly for Kashmiri Pandits. A copy of the order and report will now be sent to the government. In this report, a detailed description of the number of constituencies, their area, size and population etc. has been given. After this this order will be implemented by the Gazette Notification Commission.
Jammu seats will increase?
The commission has proposed to increase the number of assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir from 83 to 90. Apart from this, 24 seats have been left vacant for Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Earlier these seats were also left vacant. According to the demarcation commission, out of the 7 increased seats, 6 will be in Jammu, while 1 seat will be added in Kashmir. At present, Jammu has 37 assembly seats, while Kashmir has 46 assembly seats. After the implementation of this resolution, the number of assembly seats in Jammu (37+6) will increase to 43, while the number of seats in the Kashmir division (46+1) will increase to 47.
However, after the implementation of this demarcation, the political importance of Jammu will increase further. Many parties of Jammu and Kashmir are also trying to make an issue regarding this. But according to the Delimitation Commission, they saw both Jammu and Kashmir as one unit. Secondly, the Commission has not made population the only basis for delimitation. Various factors such as geo-cultural background, geographical connectivity, connectivity and distance from the Pakistan border have been taken into account, which was also necessary in view of the sensitivity of the region.
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