Organize elections in Jammu and Kashmir by September 2024 and expeditiously reestablish statehood: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court rendered a decision on Monday regarding the challenges to the abrogation of Article 370 and ordered the Election Commission to schedule elections in Jammu and Kashmir by September 30, 2024.

The Election Commission (EC) was ordered by the Supreme Court on Monday to schedule elections in Jammu and Kashmir by September 30, 2024. The ruling was rendered by the Supreme Court during the consideration of several petitions contesting the repeal of Article 370, which gave the former state special status.

Chief Justice DY Chandrachud led a five-judge Constitution bench that ruled that direct elections were an essential component of democracy and could not be excluded.

“We direct that steps shall be taken to conduct elections for the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir by September 30, 2024, and statehood shall be restored as soon as possible,” the court stated.

Jammu and Kashmir’s most recent assembly elections took place in 2014. Together with the BJP, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) established a coalition government. However, in 2018, the assembly was dissolved after the BJP left the coalition. The Governor’s Rule was subsequently implemented.

After the Center revoked Article 370 on August 5, 2019, the former state was divided into the Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Following the repeal of Article 370, local elections were held in the area. These included the elections for the 2020 District Development Council and the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)-Kargil earlier this year.

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