EC looks for 5000 Urdu speaking people for J

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) The Election Commission which failed to take a final decision at its last meeting earlier this week on the holding of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, was, however, conscious that the democratic exercise could not be delayed, according to sources.

They said the Commission was finding it difficult to deploy about 5,000 Urdu speaking people for conducting the state Assembly elections and in this regard, it was looking into the avenues of deploying them from other states.

In this context, the Commission has called a meeting here tomorrow of Chief Secretaries of six states -- Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand -- to find out how many such people each one them could provide for the polls.

The Election Commission is working on a contingency plan before taking a decision on the timing of elections in the border state.

This is an arrangement in the event of government staff in this sensitive state not being able to offer their services due to some reasons, said the sources.

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