‘Outsiders not allowed to vote’: Ghulam Nabi Azad ordered by EC over new voters in Jammu

Anantnag (J&K): Democratic Azad Party chairman and former Jammu and Kashmir chief Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Wednesday that outsiders are not allowed to vote in the Union Territory. Commenting on the Election Commission of India’s latest order for the registration of new voters in Jammu, Azad said: “People from outside are not allowed to vote in UT. Only local voters should be allowed. The sealed envelope, according to the system. The importance of voting in Jammu and Kashmir is that only the locals vote – be it Jammu or Kashmir.”

Deputy Commissioner Jammu Avny Lavasa issued a circular on Tuesday authorizing tehsildar to issue certificates of residence to those residing in Jammu for more than a year, paving the way for their admission to the electoral rolls.” The purpose of Proof of Residency is to ensure that no eligible voter remains for registration in the ongoing special summary review of the electoral rolls.

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Earlier on Wednesday, People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti accused the central government of orchestrating demographic change in Jammu and Kashmir. Mufti said: “Article 370 has been removed from J&K to pave the way for this sort of thing and their main aim of the ‘BJP’ is to change the demographics of Jammu and Kashmir.

The ‘BJP’ is afraid of elections because they know that the people of Kashmir and Jammu have understood their intentions and that they will lose heavily, that is why they are now resorting to the non-local voters,” said Mufti. jobs and now vote for non-locals, the traditional culture of Kashmiris and Dogras will be ruined, and nothing will be left for them in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Jammu and Kashmir’s main regional political parties, including the National Conference and PDP and DAP, have raised a red flag against the deputy commissioners’ order and responded strongly to the order they said authorities have decided to register those who have only lived in Jammu for a year to be registered as “new voters” after following “friendly” procedures is reprehensible and it will ruin both the demographics and culture of Jammu Kashmir.

(With input from the agency)

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