Election Commission to announce dates of poll today at 5 pm

Election Commission to announce dates of poll today at 5 pm

Election Commission to announce dates of poll today at 5 pm

While the first phase polls to Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in constituencies of Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput will be held on April 11, the second phase elections will be held in Bargarh, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska constituencies on April 18.

Then BJP general secretary Amit Shah was issued notice by the EC for hate speech in riot-hit areas in Uttar Pradesh during 2014 general elections campaign, after he urged people from the Jat community to "avenge their insults".

He said that in the case of Jammu and Kashmir, only parliamentary elections will take place. The dates are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

Since the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has been dissolved, the EC is bound to hold fresh polls there as well within a six-month period, which will end in May.

There will be approximately 10 lakh polling booths, compared to nine lakh polling booths during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, said Arora.

Announcing the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said the voter-verifiable paper audit trail' (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time.

The Election Commission has appointed three Poll Observers including Noor Mohammad, A S Gill and Vinod Zutshi. Contrary to expectations, no elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been without an elected government since June previous year when BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP. "What happened to @rajnathsingh's assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?", Omar said in one tweet.

PM Modi seems to be making quick sprints in different states, carrying out rallies along with the government functions ahead of the announcement of the election dates. Notably, the term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

There is a high probability of the elections being spread across seven to eight phases this time. While the first date of polling was April 20, the last date was May 10.

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