No Assembly Polls In J&K, Lok Sabha In 5 Phases

Geraldine Edwards
March 11, 2019

The Election Commission could hold simultaneous Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim along with the Lok Sabha polls, PTI reported.

The EC on Sunday announced that the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls will be held from 11 April to 19 May and the votes will be counted on 23 May. Now, as the Election Commission has announced the dates and the notification has come, the model of code of conduct has come into action.

A total of 91 Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in 20 states in the first phase, he said.

The announcement was made Sunday by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

The required electronic voting machines and paper trail machines are in place to be deployed in almost 10 lakh polling stations across 543 Lok Sabha constituencies.

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In 2014, the Election Commission had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May. "India is very proud of the EC for assiduously organising elections for several years".

There would be mandatory checking of EVMs and VVPATs in one randomly selected polling station in an assembly constituency of a Lok Sabha constituency.

The fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections will be held on 29th of April, fifth phase on 6th of May, sixth phase on 12th of May.

There will be higher number of constituencies in the next four phase polls.

The survey conducted by India TV-CNX, between March 1 and March 7 in 193 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies, also predicted a surge of the Congress with its tally likely to nearly double compared with the last general elections.

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The seventh and last phase polls on May 19 will be held in Kolkata and two neighbouring districts.

Surendra Kumar also informed that Maoist affected areas of the State will simultaneously go to polls along with Maoist affected regions of adjoining states so that Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) can be smoothly mobilized. Jammu and Kashmir will have five-phase voting.

In the press briefing, Arora said all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification and the candidates will have to give details of their social media accounts to the EC.

Election dates were announced for the previous Lok Sabha polls on March 4, 2014.

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