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Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously, the Election Commission (EC) said. But the polling in the Telugu states will be held in the first phase itself.

The Election Commission too said that polls are being conducted during Ramzan as a full month can not be excluded, news agency ANI reported.

"I welcome Election Commission of India's announcement for elections to #Odisha Assembly & Lok Sabha to be held on 11, 18, 23 & 29 April".

The term of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 3. The counting of votes for all 543 parliamentary constitutencies will be on May 23, the commission announced.

Announcing the schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said the voter verifiable paper audit trail' (VVPAT) will be used in all polling stations this time.

Stating that there were clear guidelines for use of social media by political parties and candidates, Mr. Arora said all the election management related news would be monitored vigorously on all the major national and regional news channels for immediate action against any violation.

"With the amount of worldwide attention elections in J&K attract I never thought PM Modi would be willing to confess his failure on a global stage but we all make mistakes & that was mine", Omar had said in a tweet. 900 million votersAround 900 million voters will vote to elect a new Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament, in the upcoming election.

Omar said he never thought Modi would be "willing to confess his failure" on a global stage by not conducting the Assembly polls on time in Jammu and Kashmir. Hakim said that Muslim people will face difficulties in exercising their right because poll dates are clashing with Ramadan.

The main opposition party has been squeezed out of the SP-BSP "mahagathbandhan" (grand alliance) in UP, which may help the BJP in the politically most crucial state where swing of a few percentage of votes can swing the poll pendulum to the other side.

He said that in the case of Jammu and Kashmir, only parliamentary elections will take place.

Trinamool Congress leader and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim had commented on voting difficulties while questioning the lengthy schedule of the election, which will be held in seven rounds. The ruling party leaders suspected this when YCP leaders like Vijaya Sai Reddy met with the Election Commission officials in Delhi recently.


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