Here’s what the order reads
The Deputy Commissioner sent an order to all Tehsildars (Revenue Officers). It asked them to issue a residence permit to anyone staying in their tehsil for more than a year. On this basis, the names of these people are included in the electoral roll. The resolution also indicated that no voter should be excluded from the electoral roll.
This is the first time an election change has been made since Article 370 was repealed. As per the arrangement, any document such as Aadhar card, water/electricity/gas connection, bank book, passport can be used as proof of residence.
The National Conference protested vehemently
On the other hand, the National Conference has defied the deputy commissioner’s order. In response to the order, the official Twitter name of the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) wrote that our party opposes this government move. The BJP is scared of elections and knows they will lose hard.
The government is going ahead with its plan to add 25,000 non-local voters to J&K and we continue to oppose that move. The BJP is scared of the elections and knows they will lose badly. The people of J&K need to defeat these conspiracies at the ballot box. pic.twitter.com/U6fjnUpRct
— JKNC (@JKNC_) October 11, 2022
Another 25,000 eligible voters will be registered
In August, then-Chief Electoral Officer Hridesh Kumar said Jammu and Kashmir could get about 25,000 additional voters, including outsiders, after the special overhaul of the electoral roll. His testimony was denied by all parties except BJP.
Parliamentary elections are expected to take place soon in Jammu and Kashmir. Union Home Secretary Amit Shah had hinted during his recent visit to Jammu that elections would soon be held in the valley.