Meghalaya to vote on April 11, results on May 23

Meghalaya to vote on April 11, results on May 23

As expected, the election to all the 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175 assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh will be held on April 11 in the first phase itself.

The EC said 91 constituencies will go for polls in first phase on April 11, followed by 97 constituencies in second phase on April 18. This comes amidst growing suspense over the poll dates for upcoming general elections.

Earlier, the last three elections (2004, 2009 & 2014) were held from 20 Apr to 10 May (4 phases), 16 April to 13 May (5 phases) and 7 April to 12 May (9 phases), respectively.

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Counting of votes for all seven phases covering 543 Lok Sabha constituencies would take place on May 23, Arora said. "I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers". The recent Pulwama attack and IAF air strikes on a Jaish camp in Pakistan have added a new dimension to the polls as the military action is seen to boost the Modi government's credentials, though the challenge for BJP is to sustain the high till voting day and factor in possible escalation. Dates for the J&K election will only be announced after the Lok Sabha elections.

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The Election Commission's briefing on Sunday evening did not just entail announcement of poll dates, but also the manner in which the polls should be conducted.

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.

Meanwhile, in Jammu and Kashmir, all political parties have favoured simultaneous polls.

In the fourth and final phase (April 29), voting will be held in Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai-North, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central and Mumbai South, Maval, Shirur and Shirdi.

Praising the prime minister for taking "bold and futuristic" decisions for the welfare of 130 crore Indians, BJP chief Amit Shah said: "In the last five years, India's prestige on the world stage stands enhanced significantly".