The Election Commission has said it will announce the schedule for Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls after the Amarnath Yatra, which begins next month, making it clear that the electoral exercise could be held sometime later this year.
In a statement, the poll panel said it has unanimously decided that “holding of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir shall be considered later in this year”.
Jammu and Kashmir does not have an elected dispensation since the PDP-BJP coalition government fell apart in June 2018.
The state was placed under Governor’s Rule, as provided by the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, on June 19, 2018, after the BJP withdrew from its coalition with the PDP.
As mandated by the Constitution, the state was brought under President’s Rule on December 19, 2018. The term of the central rule ends on June 19 which is set to be extended.