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EC announces Election Schedule for states assembly polls in five states

The Election Commission of India on Friday announced the schedule for assembly elections in five states that are Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry. As per the dates announced, voting for the assembly elections to these four states and one Union Territory will be held between March 27 and April 29. The results for all the elections will be declared on May 2.

The assembly polls in West Bengal and Assam will be held in eight and three phases respectively. While assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will witness single-phase voting.

The elections in West Bengal will be held in eight phases on March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29, respectively. In Assam, the three-phase voting will on March 27, April 1 and April 6. While the single-phase voting in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will take place on 6th April.

The terms of the legislative assemblies in four states Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and West Bengal are nearing their end in May and June. While the Union Territory of Puducherry is under the President’s Rule, which has been imposed after the V Narayanasamy led Congress government resigned earlier this week ahead of a vote of confidence.

824 seats will be contested in these assembly polls with nearly 18.68 crore people will vote across 2.7 lakh polling stations for the four states and one union territory.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that all guidelines for Covid-19 would be observed during the elections including social distancing, provisions of masks, sanitiser and gloves for the electors. He informed that everyone on election duty for the upcoming polls will be vaccinated against COVID-19 before polling day. Voting will be allowed for an additional hour, keeping in mind COVID-19 safety guidelines. The number of electors per booth will also be limited to 1,000. Covid-19 patients will continue to be allowed to cast their vote by postal ballot or vote in the last hour of the election.

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