AP Assembly election to be held on April 11

Election Commission to announce dates of poll today at 5 pm

Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting the countdown for a mega electoral battle where the BJP will pitch for a re-election of the Modi government amid the Opposition's efforts for a united fight to unseat it. Election results will be announced on May 23.

Addressing a press briefing at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, CEC Arora said: "The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself in the entire country".

On Friday, party president Amit Shah met Sudesh Mahto of the All Jharkhand Student's Union and gave up claims on the Giridih Lok Sabha seat, in exchange for support from the AJSU in the 13 other seats in the State.

Earlier on March 7, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said that the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 schedule is likely to be announced "any day", PTI reported.

The term of the Sikkim assembly ends on 27 May 2019 while the terms of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh assemblies end on June 18, June 11 and June 1 respectively.

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The required electronic voting machines and paper trail machines are in place to be deployed in almost 10 lakh poling stations across 543 Lok Sabha constituencies.

As the Election Commission of India (EC) on Sunday announced the seven-phase election schedule for the upcoming general election, leaders across the political spectrum reacted as they prepare themselves to campaign for the Lok Sabha election 2019.

- 5th phase polling on 6th May. Even the J-K Governor recently said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimented him for "successful" conduct of the civic elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

"What happened to (Union Home Minister) @rajnathsingh's assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?" he asked in another tweet. The BJP-SAD alliance also suffered defeat in the hand of Congress in 2017 assembly polls in the state. The last date of nomination of phase 1 is March 25.

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