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Srinagar, Sep 16 (UNI) Even though the Election Commission of India has yet to decide the date for holding of general assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has geared up the machinery to remain prepared for conducting polls.

However, recent curfew, strike and agitation on Amarnath land row has badly affected the preparation of new Photo Identity Cards (PIC) in the state.

Official sources said District Elections Officer (DEO), Srinagar has convened a meeting of Booth Level Officers (BLOs) of district in his office today.

The BLOs of Amira Kadal and Sonawari, Hazratbal and Habakadal constituencies would attend todays meeting while BLOs of Zadibal and Eidgah, Khanyar and Batmaloo constituencies have been asked to attend tomorrow.

Sources said about 23 lakh new PIC are yet to be distributed among the voters in the state. They said disturbances for about two months had badly affected the PIC preparation and distribution.

Now the work has been taken on war footing to meet any deadline, sources said.

There were also some reports that non-state subjects were also enrolled in the voters lists for Assembly elections. However, the authorities immediately directed the concerned DEOs to ensure that the names are deleted and officials found guilty are punished.

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