About the Election Commission of Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir holds a peculiar position under the Constitution of India. Due to the special constitutional position enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 all the provisions of the Constitution of India relating to the states in the First schedule are not applicable to Jammu and Kashmir even though it is one of the states in that Schedule.
Jammu and Kashmir follows a multi-party democratic system of governance. It has a bicameral legislature. At the time of drafting the state’s Constitution, 100 seats were earmarked for direct elections from territorial constituencies. Of these, 25 seats were earmarked for the areas of Jammu and Kashmir state that came under Pakistani occupation (PoK); this was reduced to 24 after the 12th amendment of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. After a delimitation in 1988, the total number of seats increased to 111, of which 87 were within Indian-administered territory. The Jammu & Kashmir Assembly is the only state in the country to have a 6-year term, in contrast to the norm of 5-year term followed in every other state's Assembly.
Due to the state’s peculiar history, it was decided to establish an elected constituent Assembly of the state to finally determine the accession of the state of Jammu and Kashmir to India, the future constitution of the state as well as its relationship with India. . The people of the state elected a sovereign constituent Assembly which met for the first time on October 31, 1951.
The Jammu & Kashmir State Election Commission is responsible for maintaining the continuity in the functioning of the local self government institutions and maintaining their institutional integrity by ensuing free and fair elections to these bodies. It is a single member Commission headed by the State Election Commissioner.
Chief Electoral commissioner of Jammu and Kashmir
The Chief electoral commissioner of the Jammu and Kashmir state election commission is Umang Narula, IAS.
Officers Appointed by the Election Commission of Jammu and Kashmir
The Jammu and Kashmir State Election Commission consists of many officers who are entrusted to conduct the duties of the state election commission. The officers currently holding posts in Jammu and Kashmir State election commission are as follows:
Chief Electoral Officer :
Umang Narula, IAS
Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, J&K :
Rakesh Srangal & Rashpal Singh
In charge Assistant Chief Electoral Officer, Kashmir :
Assistant Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu:
Contact details of CEO J & K :
Umang Narula, IAS
Chief Electoral Officer, J&K/ Commissioner/ Secretary to Government,
Block-A, Old Secretariat, Srinagar (May to October)
2nd Floor, Vikas Bhawan, Rail Head Complex, Jammu (November to April)
Phone No. :
0194 – 2473609, 0191 – 2477519
Last Updated on April 11, 2020