No Assembly Polls In J&K, Lok Sabha In 5 Phases

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The state of Karnataka, that sends 28 MPs to the Lok Sabha, will vote in general elections in two phases.

The prolonged polling process will put a lot of pressure on the people because the elections would stretch through the summer months of April-May, during which time, Ramzan is also held, the party said.

Once the model code of conduct-a set of guidelines that have been issued by the Election Commission for the conduct of political parties and candidates when the electoral proceedings are going on-gets effective, parties that are in power, in the states and the Centre are not permitted to make any announcements that can have an effect of the outcome of polls or disturb the level playing field.

The counting of votes for all the Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies will be done on May 23. The Commission has made a decision to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at every polling station of all the States and Union Territories to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process as VVPAT allows the voter to verify his / her vote.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that Assembly elections will be held in 4 states - Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha - in line with the Lok Sabha election 2019.

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Arora said the Election Commission chose to announce the schedule for only Lok Sabha polls in the state and not for the assembly elections due to inputs it had received from authorities regarding constraint of availability of central forces for enforcing security in the wake of recent violence.

The eagerly awaited dates for General Elections is likely to be announced by today evening. However, on account of security reasons, the poll panel did not give dates for Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, which are also due.

The EC said on Monday that the Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases, with results to be announced on 23 May. In the same year, then Assam chief minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi came under the scanner for holding a press meet when 61 constituencies in his state were yet to go for polls.

The polling dates over the seven phases are April 11, April 18, April 23, May 6, May 12, and May 19. While the first date of polling was April 20, the last date was May 10.

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".

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