Andhra Pradesh and Telangana To Go For Elections on 11th April

Election Commission clarifies on Lok Sabha poll during Ramzan says 'one full month can't be excluded'

"First time since 1996 Assembly elections in J&K are not being held on time". With the announcement of the schedule, the model code of conduct came into force with immediate effect.

For those 14 constituencies going to the polls on April 23, the last date for filing nominations is April 4 and the last day for withdrawal of nomination is April 8. Other factors included limited availability of central forces and the difficulty in arranging security for a large number of candidates in simultaneous polls.

In the first phase (April 11), Wardha, Ramtek, Nagpur, Bhandara-Gondiya, Gadchiroli-Chimu, Chandrapur and Yavatmal-Washim voters will votes.

In 2014, the Election Commission had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May.

The polling will be held on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19 for 543 Lok Sabha seats across the country in which almost 90 crore voters would be eligible to vote, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora told a packed press conference here. He said the Commission will continuously monitor the situation in the state and take a call. "For the conduct of elections in Odisha, as many as 120 percent control units, 120 percent ballot units and 130 percent VVPAT machines will be given to the State", said the CEO.

Baby of ‘British IS bride’ dead
Unconfirmed reports emerged on Friday that he had lost his life a month after being born in a Syrian refugee camp. But he added that Britons had been warned since 2011 not to travel to Syria because of the conflict there.

The CEC also informed that the Commission will be working closely with social media companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter to uphold the integrity of the elections. All political ads on social media will also require pre-certification.

There would be mandatory checking of EVMs and VVPATs in one randomly selected polling station in an assembly constituency of a Lok Sabha constituency.

He tweeted that "we may belong to different parties but our aim must be the same - the development of India and empowerment of every Indian!"

In 2014, the BJP had won 282 seats handing a crushing defeat to the 10-year-rule of the United Progressive Alliance led by Congress. Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The Opposition, meanwhile, continued to target the government over farm sector distress, joblessness and the Rafale jet deal.

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