Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

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

As the Election Commission announced the schedule for the much-awaited Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 10 said the BJP-led NDA seeks people's "blessings again".

The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 and the votes will be counted on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday. The elections to the world's largest democracy will be held for 543 seats on almost 10 lakh polling booths across the country, with around 90 crore voters ready to exercise the franchise. Votes will be counted on May 23, he said.

The dates are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. The announcement over the dates for general election "could happen over the weekend or at most by Tuesday", a senior functionary of the poll body told the news agency.

In the first phase, 91 constituencies will to go for polls, 97 constituencies in the second phase, 115 constituencies in the third, 71 in fourth phase, 51 in fifth phase, 59 in sixth and 59 in the seventh phase.

"The Election Commission has attempted a very comprehensive preparation for the conduct of the election", he said.

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

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

- 5th phase polling on 6th May. The process of updating the electoral rolls will continue till last date of filing of nomination, he said.

Abdullah questioned Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement in Parliament earlier this year about the Centre's readiness to hold Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir along with the General Elections.

According to the schedule, the notification for the elections will be issued on March 17.

On Friday, party president Amit Shah met Sudesh Mahto of the All Jharkhand Student's Union and gave up claims on the Giridih Lok Sabha seat, in exchange for support from the AJSU in the 13 other seats in the State.

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