The Delimitation Commission, which is on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir, has made it clear on Friday that the delimitation in the state will be based on the 2011 census. Under the delimitation, it is proposed to increase the existing 107 seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly to 114. It also includes 24 seats of Ghulam Kashmir. Apart from this, some constituencies are also to be re-selected. However, geographical conditions, people's access to the government, time, and other parameters including the medium of communication will also be taken into account.
The process of delimitation will be completely transparent. Its draft will be brought to the public soon. After this, the commission will issue the final draft in consultation with the associate members. The Delimitation Commission headed by Justice (Retd) Ranjana Desai came on a four-day visit for the first time to take the opinion of different sections of people including political parties of Jammu and Kashmir. Friday was the last day of the tour.
The members of the commission have first taken the opinion of the people of Kashmir and then the Jammu division. Before returning to Delhi, the members of the commission held a press conference in Jammu to allay many apprehensions. Sushil Chandra, a member of the commission and the country's Chief Election Commissioner, said that the redrawing of assembly constituency boundaries in Jammu and Kashmir is a complex issue and it is not just mathematics.