Lok Sabha elections 2019: No assembly elections in J-K for now

Lok Sabha elections 2019: No assembly elections in J-K for now

Lok Sabha elections 2019: No assembly elections in J-K for now

Announcing the seven-phase schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls beginning April 11, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora also said 10 lakhs polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakhs in 2014.

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.

Earlier this month, the leaders of nearly all political parties met an Election Commission team headed by the chief election commissioner and requested for simultaneous polls for both Lok Sabha and the state assembly.

The decision about state assembly elections will be taken. Now, as the Election Commission has announced the dates and the notification has come, the model of code of conduct has come into action.

Almost 90 crore voters will be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country.

While there is a view that the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections can be held along with the Lok Sabha polls, a lot depends on the complex security situation in the state given the heightened tension along the India Pakistan border.

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Two seats each will go to polls in the first two phases, in the third phase there will be one seat and in fourth one seat and in the fifth phase there will be two seats.

- 1st phase polling to be held on 11th April.

Shortly after the national election dates were announced on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a series of tweets, "The festival of democracy, elections are here".

The Election Commission has appointed three Poll Observers including Noor Mohammad, A S Gill and Vinod Zutshi. The last date of nomination of phase 1 is March 25.

In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won a landslide majority to form its government at the Centre after a gap of 10 years.

Bhubaneswar: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha Surendra Kumar today informed that the State will go to simultaneous polls in four phases starting April 11, 2019.

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