EC defers Assembly elections in J&K, announces LS polls

PM Modi on the Humans of Bombay page

Election Commission to announce dates of poll today at 5 pm

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andaman and Lakshadweep.

With the official announcement of polling dates, the ECI's much-vaunted Model Code of Conduct is now in force. Aiming to make the elections free, fair and transparent, the poll panel announced that for the first time VVPAT will be used in all EVMs.

"In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I'm retweeting my tweets from a few days ago".

Election Commission of India had announced the Schedule for the General Elections and the Assembly Elections of Five States a little while ago.

Having firmed up alliances in several key states for the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP has taken an early lead over its rivals, including the Congress, for an election where every single percentage point of votes brought in by small partners can have a significant bearing on final results.

Besides, if Parliament has to be constituted before June 3, then the Election Commission will definitely have to complete the election process before it, which will fall during the month of Ramzan, which will start on May 5 and finish on June 4, he said. Votes were counted on May 16. For the first time, the Election Commission has laid out stringent guidelines for political parties and candidates' social media activities.

India's chief election commissioner Sunil Arora (C) speaks as Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa (L) and Sunil Chandra look on during a news conference in New Delhi, India, March 10, 2019.

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.

"People will face problems in exercising their voting rights as some poll dates are clashing with Ramzan".

"We are all geared up for the May 19 polls in Punjab and I am confident that @INCIndia will win all the 13 seats". Following a row over alleged "mishandling" of VVPAT and EVM machines during the recent state assembly elections, the poll panel has chose to fit Global Positioning System devices to the vehicles carrying them, facilitating end-to-end monitoring of their movement through mobile tracking.

The CEC said 91 constituencies will go for polls in first phase, 97 in second phase, 115 in third phase, 71 in fourth, 51 in fifth, and 59 each in sixth and seventh phase.

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