Assembly Polls in 4 States with LS Elections, But Not in J&K

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Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and polling would be held over seven phases through May 19, followed by counting of all votes on May 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday.

- 3rd phase on 23rd April.

The Commission has directed that the use of public address system or loudspeakers during the entire election period starting from the date of announcement of the election and ending with the date of declaration of results, shall not be permitted at night between 10.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. Now, as the Election Commission has announced the dates and the notification has come, the model of code of conduct has come into action. "What happened to @rajnathsingh's assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?", Omar said in one tweet.

Announcing the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said the voter verifiable paper audit trail' (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time.

On April 18, polling will be held in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi-Chikkamagaluru along with Hassan, Chitradurga, Tumakuru, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru rural, Bengaluru north, Bengaluru central, Bengaluru south, Chikkaballapur and Kolar. It is generally believed that the Election will be held during the months of April and May.

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Almost 90 crore voters will be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. The BJP-SAD alliance also suffered defeat in the hand of Congress in 2017 assembly polls in the state.

There is a high probability of the elections being spread across seven to eight phases this time.

The 2019 General Election will be held in 7 phases and it will be held from April 11 to May 19. The last date for scrutiny of nomination is March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.

Omar said in 2014, J-K had Lok Sabha elections on time and assembly elections on the schedule even after the most devastating floods, but delaying them now "shows how badly the BJP & earlier the BJP-PDP mishandled J&K".

In 2009, the EC had announced Lok Sabha poll scheduled on March 2.

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