New Delhi, June 5: Election Commission on Tuesday said that it would consider holding assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir later this year.
The Commission said it would announce the schedule for assembly elections in the state after the conclusion of the 'Amarnath Yatra.'
In a statement, the poll panel said, "Under Article 324 of the Constitution and other extant laws/rules etc. we have unanimously decided that holding of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir shall be considered later in this year.”
The Commission said it would continue to monitor the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, taking inputs from all necessary quarters.
There was demand from several parties in the state to hold assembly elections in J&K along with the Lok Sabha polls.However, the Commission had decided against holding assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha polls, citing non-availability of security forces to ensure free and fair elections. (UNI)