Lok Sabha elections from 11 April, JK to have five phases

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In its briefing, the Election Commission said it had taken into account harvest and exams as well as festivals while deciding on the poll schedule.

The Election Commission of India is expected to hold a press conference at 5pm today, seemingly to announce the dates for this year's Lok Sabha polls.

The required electronic voting machines and paper trail machines are in place to be deployed in almost 10 lakh poling stations across 543 Lok Sabha constituencies. The counting of votes for all 543 parliamentary constitutencies will be on May 23, the commission announced.

With the announcement of poll dates, the State government has been notified to strictly implement the model code of conduct with immediate 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. Decision on forging alliances, with several state units up in arms against them, will be finalised.

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The J & K assembly's six-year term was to end on March 16, 2021, but it got dissolved after a ruling coalition between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fell apart.

On April 23, polling will be held in Chikkodi, Belagavi, Bagalkote, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Ballari, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttar Kannada, Davangere and Shivamogga.

"The seven-phase election reflects the law and order situation in the state. how people were stopped from exercising their democratic rights", CPM politburo member Mohammed Salim said, referring to the violence that took place during the panchayat polls in the state past year.

- 2nd phase on 18th April. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout.

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. 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. The process of updating the electoral rolls will continue till last date of filing of nomination, he said.

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