People who have lived in Jammu for more than 1 year can register as voters

On Tuesday, the Jammu deputy commissioner issued an order authorizing all tehsildars (treasury officials) to issue residency certificates to anyone who has resided in the district for more than a year. In accordance with the policy, a decision was made to ensure that no eligible voter would be excluded from the ongoing special summary review of election records.

This is the first time the electoral revision has been carried out since Article 370 was repealed in 2019. According to the reports, all documents including Aadhar card, water, electricity, gas connections, bank passes, passports and registered land titles were removed and can be used as proof of residence.

The order also states that the revision of the special audit is intended for the registration of new voters, as well as the deletion, correction and relocation of voters who have moved or passed away since the last summary review in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the regulation met with opposition from several political parties, including the JKNC, JKPC and PDP. In response to the order, the official Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) Twitter feed stated that the party opposes the government’s decision. She went on to say that the BJP was scared of the elections and knew they would lose badly.

“The government is continuing with its plan to add 25,000 non-local voters in Jammu and Kashmir and we continue to oppose this move. The BJP is scared of the elections and knows they will lose hard. The people of Jammu and Kashmir must defeat these conspiracies at the ballot box,” JKNC tweeted.

The Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference (JKPC) also criticized the policy, saying: “DC Jammu’s recent order authorizing tax officials to issue a certificate of residency to outsiders residing in Jammu for more than a year is highly suspect and is aimed at to allow them to vote . This contradicts the SC ruling on the subject.” JKPC also called on the Indian Electoral Commission to review the case and further clarify whether such a policy is permissible.

Meanwhile, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti has criticized the policy. “This means the value of a J&K voter’s vote will be terminated. This law is not applied anywhere in the country except in Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.

Earlier, Election Commissioner Hirdesh Kumar stated that Jammu and Kashmir would receive about 25,000 additional voters, including outsiders, as a result of the special summary review of the election records. Except for the then-BJP, almost all political parties were angry at the acceptance of non-local voters and had taken to the streets to protest.

The government later stated that the revision of election records would include current residents of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and that the number of voters who turned 18 on or before October 1, 2022 will increase.



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