AP, T'gana to go to polls on April 11..

"The seven-phase election reflects the law and order situation in the state. how people were stopped from exercising their democratic rights", CPM politburo member Mohammed Salim said, referring to the violence that took place during the panchayat polls in the state previous year.

- 5th phase polling on 6th May.

- 2nd phase on 18th April.

The Election Commission announced that the Model Code of Conduct had come immediately into effect following their announcement of the poll schedule.

Parliamentary and assembly polls will be held in Odisha across the first four phases on April 11, April 18, April 23 and April 29, respectively.

The opposition parties have said the staggering of the elections indicated the Election Commission's view of the law and order in the state.

Arora, the chief election commissioner, said three special observers would be deployed in the northern Jammu and Kashmir state, where India is battling multiple insurgencies and where elections are usually marred by violence.

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. Contrary to expectations, no elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been without an elected government since June past year when BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP.

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

Then BJP general secretary Amit Shah was issued notice by the EC for hate speech in riot-hit areas in Uttar Pradesh during 2014 general elections campaign, after he urged people from the Jat community to "avenge their insults". Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora stated, "The I-T department will look into it and, if any, discrepancies are found then it will be uploaded on the Election Commission (EC) website and strict action will be initiated".

Surendra Kumar also informed that Maoist affected areas of the State will simultaneously go to polls along with Maoist affected regions of adjoining states so that Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) can be smoothly mobilized.

The five-year term of the 16th Lok Sabha is due to expire on June 3, 2019. The process of updating the electoral rolls will continue till last date of filing of nomination, he said.

  • Jon Douglas