Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has said that the upcoming assembly elections in the state will pave the way for the establishment of the democratic government.
There was no alternative to the people's government, Vohra said during an interaction with officers of National Defence College, including US, Nigeria, Japan, Nepal and Senegal, currently on a visit to the state, in Srinagar on Tuesday. He also expressed hope that the people of the state will take part in the democratic exercise in a big way.
The elections to the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir assembly are being held in seven phases beginning on November 17.
He said that efforts have been made to ensure that the contestants and the political parties can move freely for campaigning in a secured atmosphere.
For ensuring free and fair elections, he said, the Election Commission of India has deployed "observers" across the length and breadth of the state.
Led by Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, the Commandant of the NDC, the delegation comprised 15 Course Members, including the senior ranking Army officers from Nigeria, Nepal, US, Japan and Senegal.
Three faculty members, Major General P S Sidhu, Commander G S Mehta and Commander Amrit Nagpal also participated in the interaction.