EC defers Assembly elections in J&K, announces LS polls

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The national election will be held from April 11 to May 19 and the results will be declared on May 23, the Election Commission said yesterday. For the first time, the Election Commission has laid out stringent guidelines for political parties and candidates' social media activities. The last phase is dated for May 19 whereas the counting will be done on May 23.

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was dissolved in November previous year, months after the Mehbooba Mufti-headed government in the state fell following the BJP withdrawing support to it in June. Even the J-K Governor recently said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimented him for "successful" conduct of the civic elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Votes were counted on May 16.

Muscat: India's election commission has announced that it will conduct the 2019 general elections in seven phases from April to May.

In UP, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats and where the BJP in 2014 won 71 seats on its own (two were won by its ally Apna Dal), the party faces combined challenge of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Omar had said that by not holding assembly elections in the state "PM Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants and to the Hurriyat".

Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously, the Election Commission (EC) said.

Adding to his arguments on the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Hakim claimed the "minority population in these three states is quite high". He informed that EC has made a decision to appoint three special observers for the state for effective monitoring. "You have to be physically present in India to vote in this election", a senior official of the Indian Embassy said. In the 5th phase, 51 constituencies in seven states will go to polls whereas 59 seats in 7 states will go to polls in sixth phase.

While Odisha had witnessed a two-phase poll during 2014 elections, this time the number of phases has been increased to four taking into account the threat of red rebels. "The important part is the EC has to complete the election process before June 3 and constitute Parliament".

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti was critical of the Election Commission not announcing assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.