Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi on Friday announced the dates for assembly elections in five states adding that the model code of conduct had come into existence with immediate effect.
The states scheduled to go for assembly polls are Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
Zaidi said that 17 crore voters will cast their vote in assembly elections in these five states.
Here are the highlights of Zaidi’s press conference:
- A symbol for NOTA has now been introduced for the first time in these states
- Photographs of all candidates will be present on the EVMs to eliminate confusion for voters
- Assam elections in two phases-1st phase (65 constituencies), date of poll is 4th April Monday
- Assam elections’ second phase (61 constituencies), date of poll is 11th April, Monday
- West Bengal polls to be in 6 phases-1st phase polling to be on two dates that are 4 April and 11 April
- West Bengal, second phase date of polling is 17 April. Date of third phase polling is 21 April
- West Bengal, fourth phase date of polling is 25 April. Date of fifth phase polling is 30 April
- West Bengal, sixth phase date of polling is 5 May
- Kerala polls to happen in one phase, date of polling is 16 May
- Tamil Nadu polls to take place in one phase, date of polling is 16 May
- Puducherry polls to take place in one phase, date of polling is 16 May
- Counting of votes for all states to be on 19 May
More to follow