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Only Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir

11 March 2019

The 2019 General Election will be held in 7 phases and it will be held from April 11 to May 19.

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.

Elections to state assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha will be held simultaneously with the elections to the Lok Sabha, said the CEC, adding that a separate notification will be issued on assembly polls.

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He said the Chief Election Commissioner during his presser in New Delhi repeatedly quoted recent incidents of violence in Kashmir as the reason for not holding assembly polls.

The Commission has made a decision to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at every polling station of all the States and Union Territories to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process as VVPAT allows the voter to verify his / her vote.

The Commission also said that official voter slip bearing the photo of the elector (wherever present in the roll) will be distributed at least five days before the polling date. "India is very proud of the EC for assiduously organising elections for several years". Counting will be held on May 23. "Any violation ahead of the Lok Sabha elections will be dealt with in the strictest manner", Arora said in a press conference. While 22 states and Union Territories will vote in a single phase, Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan and Tripura will have two-phase polls.

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In 2014, the Lok Sabha elections were held across nine phases, beginning on April 7 and ending on May 9.

After the announcement of national election dates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in 2014 Lok Sabha election, people rejected the United progressive Alliance (UPA) as there was an "unprecedented" anger over its "corruption, nepotism and policy paralysis". While the first date of polling was April 20 and the last date was May 10. The second phase on April 18 will cover 97 constituencies across 13 states. As per EC sources, there will be 10,35,932 polling stations spread over 4.36 lakh locations across the country this time.

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Only Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir