Election Commission to announce dates of poll today at 5 pm

12 March, 2019, 07:02 | Author: Emmett Rice
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While polling in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim will be held in a single phase, polling in Manipur and Tripura will be held in two phases and polling in Assam will be held in three phases.

As per the Model Code of Conduct, no major policy decision can be announced by the central and the concerned stated governments until the new representatives are elected. 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, 59 in sixth and 59 in the seventh phase.

The Lok Sabha polls in the 8 Northeastern states of India will be held in three phases - 11, 18 and 23 of April.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik pledged his wholehearted support to the four-phase Lok Sabha as well as Assembly election that will be held in his states. The counting of votes will be done on May 23. Expenditure on social media political campaigns will also be included in the election expenditure account, the CEC said.

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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. "I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers".

Senior party leader and Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor Firhad Hakim said that the schedule was designed in a way that most of constituencies go to polls during the Ramadan so that Muslims can not go out and exercise their franchise.

Omar said he never thought Modi would be "willing to confess his failure" on a global stage by not conducting the Assembly polls on time in Jammu and Kashmir. The Commission also said that official voter slip bearing the photo of the elector (wherever present in the roll) will be distributed at least five days before the polling date.

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. The BJP won 12 seats in the state, whereas, the remaining 2 were retained by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, an ally of the Congress. After it is sent to the Election Commission, action will be taken in 100 minutes. However, the EC is yet to take a call on Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir owing to the security scenario.

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