In a gradual meeting of the objective behind virtually repealing Article 370 and Article 35A, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Hirdesh Kumar 17 August announced that any Indian citizen “staying ordinarily” in Jammu and Kashmir before the assembly election is held in the state-turned-union territory for employment, education or business purposes could register as a voter and cast his/her ballot in the upcoming polls.
The announcement comes amid the ongoing special summary revision of electoral rolls being held in the union territory for the first time since the abrogation of Article 370 that stripped the erstwhile state of its special status in 2019 and bifurcated it into two union territories.
About 25 lakh new voters are likely to be added as a result, the CEO said, adding that completing the ongoing exercise within the November 25 deadline is a “challenging task”.
All the eligible voters including those who have attained the age o...
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