Andhra Pradesh and Telangana To Go For Elections on 11th April

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana To Go For Elections on 11th April

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana To Go For Elections on 11th April

In a press conference held here at Vigyan Bhavan, the Election Commission has notified that the polling will begin from 11 April. As a precautionary move, they had held back from announcing the final schedule though the season is set to get underway on March 23 and only released the fixtures for the first two weeks.

Among other things, the code bars the government from announcing policy decisions.

Counting of votes for all seven phases would be done on May 23. The percentage of electors with EPIC and photographs in electoral rolls is likely to increase further before the elections with several states and UTs having already reported 100 per cent coverage, the EC said.

While the first phase polls to Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in constituencies of Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput will be held on April 11, the second phase elections will be held in Bargarh, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska constituencies on April 18.

The EC also said India had gone to polls with photo electoral rolls for the first time in 2009.

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was dissolved in November previous year, months after the Mehbooba Mufti-headed government in the state fell following the BJP withdrawing support to it in June.

The EC said the "voter verifiable paper audit trail" (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time. EVMs and postal ballots will carry pictures of candidates.

The CEC said that along with the parliamentary polls, Assembly elections will also be held in four states - Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha.

In 2014, BJP was elected to the Lok Sabha with a majority of 282 seats - ten more than the majority mark of 272 - and Congress was reduced to 44.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek to retain power, the opposition is seeking to put up a spirited fight to defeat the ruling BJP.

Candidates contesting the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be required to furnish details of their social media accounts and the expenditure for campaigning on social media will be taken into account as well.

The Election Commission will on Saturday hold a key meeting to discuss the final modalities of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, although this has not been formally announced. Votes were counted on May 16.

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