The Jammu and Kashmir Boundary Commission is expected to submit its report to the Ministry of Law and Justice on May 1, 2022. Sources familiar with the development told Republic that the final draft is being prepared by the Commission with changes based on recommendations and objections made. by the people during their two-day visit to the Union Territory earlier this month.
Sources say that once the draft is submitted, it will be the prerogative of the Ministry of Justice to move forward with the report. The ministry is likely to announce May 6, which is the deadline for the extension of the commission.
“Once this exercise is completed, the Jammu and Kashmir Electoral Commission will commence the voter list updating exercise across the Union Territory. This stage can take up to four months and will be already in mid-September. Only then will any calls for elections be taken up,” the sources added.
It is pertinent to mention that these will be the first Assembly elections in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir after the repeal of Sections 370 and 35A. In 2014, Assembly elections were held in the months of November and December, as they are suitable for both upper reaches that receive snowfall and lowland areas that face intense summer heat.
The Boundaries Commission, consisting of Justice (Retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai as Chairperson, Chief Elections Commissioner Sushil Chandra and State Elections Commissioner (SEC) KK Sharma as members, was created on March 6, 2020, for a one-year term. However, following the COVID-19 pandemic, its duration was extended on March 6, 2021 by one year.