EC cancels Anantnag polls, as of now

New Delhi: Election Commission has cancelled Anantnag bye-poll. The polling monitor has come with the observation that the situation is not conducive for polls.

The Election Commission (EC) on Monday night cancelled the Loksabha bypoll for Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir. The by-election was scheduled to be held on May 25.

According to an EC official, the poll panel in an order issued around midnight rescinded a notification issued earlier on holding the bypoll on May 25.

Sources said the Election Commission had sought deployment of around 740 companies of paramilitary personnel for the bypoll.

The Home Ministry, however, said it could only provide around 300. A company usually has around 100 troopers.

The state government had earlier sought cancellation of the bypoll due to the prevailing law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley.

Earlier in the day:

Earlier the home ministry had informed the Election Commission that it can spare around 30,000 paramilitary personnel for bypoll duty in Anantnag Lok Sabha seat on May 25, less than half of the demanded 74,000.

A home ministry official said the EC has been told that around 300 companies of paramilitary personnel could be arranged for deployment during bypoll in Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir.

A company of paramilitary comprises around 100 personnel.

News24Bureau and IANS