The three-member Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir, led by Justice (retd) Ranjana Desai, signed the final order on redrawing the Union Territory’s assembly constituencies on Thursday, a day before its term was set to expire, officials said.
A copy of this order, as well as the report detailing the number of constituencies and their sizes, will be submitted to the government, after which the order will be published in the gazette. The commission proposes increasing the number of UT seats from 83 to 90.
Furthermore, there are 24 seats in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) that remain unfilled. For the first time, nine seats for Scheduled Tribes have been proposed. In addition, the panel has proposed six additional seats for Jammu and one for Kashmir.
The Kashmir division currently has 46 seats, while the Jammu division has 37. The panel, which was established in March 2020, was granted a one-year extension last year.
Ex-officio members of the panel include Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and the state election commissioner of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was given another two-month extension to complete its task in February. Otherwise, its term was set to expire on March 6.