The Election Commission of India have announced Assembly Elections dates for Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Assam, and Puduchchery.
Election Bound States:
- The polls will be held between April 4 and May 16, the counting of votes in all five states and one Union Territory will be done on May 19.
- Chief Election commissioner Nazim Zaidi announced the Poll dates in New Delhi. 824 assembly constituencies going to polls in these states and UT.
The Highlights of Polls in 5 States:
- 17 crore voters will cast their votes (West Bengal -6.55 crore, Tamilnadu-5.80, Assam-1.98 crore, Kerala-2.56 crore and in Puducherry – 9.27 lakhs) and Model code of conduct comes into effect immediately.
- Centre observers will monitor Voters list issued by Election Commission of India.
- Women Polling stations will be placed in these states.
- This is the first time that a dedicated symbol for NOTA has been provided in all the five states the Symbol is designed by National Institute of design.
- The voters list plays an anger role in casting vote, possession of Voter ID card is not enough.
- Ramps will be made at all the Polling Booths for the easy access for Persons with Disabilities.
- 7 lakh dead and duplicate entries have been removed.
- Para military forces will be deployed for the enhanced security for poll bound states.
- Electronic Voting Machines to be used in all these states also these machines hold the photograph of all candidates.
- Every District will have five central observers, all the flying Squads and Mobile teams to have GPS for better monitoring.
- The voting in Tamilnadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held in single Phase on May 16 whereas in Assam to have 2 Phases and in West Bengal to be held in 6 Phases to be held between April 4 and May 5.
Election Commission of India:
Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional body responsible for election process to Lok Shaba, Rajya Shaba and State legislatures.
- Formed: 1950
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Head: Nazim Zaidi (Chief Election Commissioner)