With the model code of conduct for elections coming into immediate effect, the government can not announce any policy move that may impact voters' decision.
Polls in 22 States and Union Territories will be conducted in a single phase. Since the Election Commission is a constitutional body, I don't want to comment much into the matter.
Lok Sabha elections will begin on 11 April and continue for over a month till 19 May across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission announced in Delhi on Sunday.
As per the dates announced, voting in the 14 parliamentary constituencies of Jharkhand will be held in four phases - 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th phases of the general elections. The term of the 16th Lok Sabha ends on June 3.
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"Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants and to the Hurriyat". March 28 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations.
The statement comes in the backdrop of a TMC leader raking up a storm with his claim that the Lok Sabha elections, scheduled in the state at the same time as Ramzan, will reduce minority voter turnout.
In the press briefing, Arora said all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification and the candidates will have to give details of their social media accounts to the EC. Following a row over alleged "mishandling" of VVPAT and EVM machines during the recent state assembly elections, the poll panel has made a decision to fit Global Positioning System devices to the vehicles carrying them, facilitating end-to-end monitoring of their movement through mobile tracking. "Not holding assembly polls will send wrong signals to people within and outside the state", he said.
According to the schedule, the notification for the elections will be issued on March 17.
Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Chairman of National Conference, Farooq Abdullah, on Monday, raised serious questions over the timing and execution of the Balakot sir strikes.