Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Poll dates likely to be announced today

Elections 2019 Voting To Begin On 11 April For Seven-Phase

Counting of votes for all seven phases covering 543 Lok Sabha constituencies would take place on May 23, Arora said.

For the first time in the Lok Sabha polls, candidates with criminal antecedents are required to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through television channels on three occasions during the campaign period, the Election Commission said on Sunday. Hakim said that Muslim people will face difficulties in exercising their right because poll dates are clashing with Ramadan.

The state has been under President's Rule after the ruling alliance between the BJP and Peoples Democratic Party fell apart past year. More than 66 percent of the total population voted in the last general elections, that were held in 2014.

Earlier on March 7, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said that the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 schedule is likely to be announced "any day", PTI reported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "surrendered" before Pakistan, militants and separatists, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah said on Sunday, soon after the Election Commission's no to simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir. The CEC said 91 constituencies will go for polls in first phase, 97 in second phase, 115 in third phase, 71 in fourth, 51 in fifth, 59 in sixth and 59 in the seventh phase. The Sena had been threatening to go solo but was brought around with an offer of more seats for the party in the Lok Sabha as well assembly polls. Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.

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

Mr Arora said the decision has been taken based on the input, constraint of availability of central forces and other logistics, requirement of forces for the security of candidates in wake of recent violence and other challenges. "I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation".

The Election Commission too said that polls are being conducted during Ramzan as a full month can not be excluded, news agency ANI reported. The BJP won 12 seats in the state, whereas, the remaining 2 were retained by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, an ally of the Congress.

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