Election Commission to announce dates of poll today at 5 pm

Only Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir

This is in tune with the wishes of the YCP leaders for conducting the elections to twin Telugu states in a single phase.

The polling across the country will be held in seven phases.

The term of the Sikkim assembly ends on 27 May 2019 while the terms of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh assemblies end on June 18, June 11 and June 1 respectively.

As soon as the elections, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his bid to return to power amid hectic parleys by several political parties to put a united fight against the ruling BJP, are announced, the model code of conduct will come into force.

A decision in this regard was taken at BJP Parliamentary Board meeting on Friday, which was held for almost three hours to discuss key poll-related issues.

Mir said it was the golden chance for the Centre to hold assembly election in order to give an elected government to the people as all the political parties were of the opinion that simultaneously elections should be held in the state.

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In its briefing, the Election Commission said it had taken into account harvest and exams as well as festivals while deciding on the poll schedule.

Similarly, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar parliamentary constituencies will see the third phase elections on April 23, the last phase polls will be held in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur constituencies on April 29. The BJP-SAD alliance also suffered defeat in the hand of Congress in 2017 assembly polls in the state.

Since the Jammu and Kashmir assembly has been dissolved as is under President's Rule, the EC is bound to hold fresh polls there as well within a six-month period, which will end in May. The announcement was made Sunday by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

The Election Commission will be addressing a press conference today on Sunday wherein it is expected to announce the dates for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

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

According to the EC, for the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations is on March 26.

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