Indian citizen allowed to contest elections in IOK

Srinagar, April 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, in gross violation of the state subject laws, which prohibit the non-Kashmiris the right to vote in Kashmir, for the first time in the so-called electoral history of the territory, an Indian citizen has been allowed even to contest the Indian Parliamentary elections from the Islamabad constituency of Lok Sabha.

Shams Khwaja of Gautam Buddha Nagar area of Uttar Pradesh (UP), a lawyer by profession, is among the 18 candidates in the Islamabad Lok Sabha seat as his nomination papers have been accepted by District Electoral Officer.

Khwaja’s nomination as an Independent candidate was contested before the District Electoral Officer by the National Conference (NC) on the ground that his name was not there in the electoral rolls of the constituency. In his defence, Khwaja said the constitutional requirement was that any contestant for the Lok Sabha polls should figure as a voter in any constituency of India.


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