AP, T'gana to go to polls on April 11..

Erika Holt
March 11, 2019

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

As soon as the Election Commission of India announced dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged fellow Indians, especially first-time voters, to ensure a historic turnout, and sought their "blessings" to get elected again.

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.

- 1st phase polling to be held on 11th April. The Election Commission will be holding a press conference at 5 pm at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi where it is likely to make the announcements.

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Once the election dates are announced, the model code of conduct will immediately come into effect.

Arora said Sunday that 91 constituencies would go to the polls in the first phase, 97 in the second, 115 in the third, 71 in the fourth, 51 in the fifth, 59 in the sixth, and 59 in the seventh and last phase.

Simultaneously, elections to 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana will also be held on the same day. 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. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora stated, "The I-T department will look into it and, if any, discrepancies are found then it will be uploaded on the Election Commission (EC) website and strict action will be initiated". The process of updating the electoral rolls will continue till last date of filing of nomination, he said. Four phase elections will be held in Jharkhand, MP, Maharashtra, Orissa, while Assam and Chhattisgarh will see three-phase polls. The EC directed Gujarat's Chief Election Officer BB Swain to file an FIR against channels in the state that telecast Gandhi's interview.

Omar said in 2014, J-K had Lok Sabha elections on time and assembly elections on the schedule even after the most devastating floods, but delaying them now "shows how badly the BJP & earlier the BJP-PDP mishandled J&K".

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