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

While Odisha had witnessed a two-phase poll during 2014 elections, this time the number of phases has been increased to four taking into account the threat of red rebels. Both the states will go to polls in a single phase.

The Election Commission announced that the Model Code of Conduct had come immediately into effect following their announcement of the poll schedule. Counting will be held on May 23. The Commission has chose to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at every polling station of all the States and Union Territories to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process as VVPAT allows the voter to verify his / her vote.

As the Election Commission of India (EC) on Sunday announced the seven-phase election schedule for the upcoming general election, leaders across the political spectrum reacted as they prepare themselves to campaign for the Lok Sabha election 2019.

Arora, the chief election commissioner, said three special observers would be deployed in the northern Jammu and Kashmir state, where India is battling multiple insurgencies and where elections are usually marred by violence.

He said the prevailing situation, lack of central forces and other logistical issues prevents the Commission from holding the state assembly elections alongside the Lok Sabha polls.

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Lok Sabha polls in Assam will be held in 3 Phases. Even the J-K Governor recently said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimented him for "successful" conduct of the civic elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Elections will also be simultaneously held for the state assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

The dates are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

According to the new rules laid out by the election commission, the candidates are required to give their details of the properties that they hold overseas, aside of the ones that are there in the country in their poll affidavits. The last date for scrutiny of nomination is March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.

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