India News: The Election Commission of India announced the dates for Assembly Elections for five states on Friday evening. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, West Bengal and Assam are about to go on polling starting from March 27th till April 29th. And, the Model Code of Conduct will now come into force.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the dates, Tamil Nadu Constituent Assembly Elections will be held on April 6th on a single-phase election itself. Vote counting will be held on May 2nd for all the States.
Of these five states, Assam Assembly Polls will be the first to be held in three separate phases starting on March 27th and West Bengal’s polls are to be held in eight phases, till April 29th.
Assembly Elections – Tamil Nadu Voters Numbers:
Total number of voters: 6,26,74,446
Women voters: 3,18,28,727
Third Gender: 7,246
Voters and Assemblies details:
Nearly 18.68 voters will be participating in this election this year, with Tamil Nadu having the highest number of new voters. 2.7 lakh polling stations setup are across 824 assemblies of five states.
West Bengal has 294 Assemblies; 234 in Tamil Nadu; Kerala has 140; 126 in Assam and 30 in Puducherry. And, the protection for this election will be provided by the CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces).
Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora debriefed on the preparations being taken to conduct elections peacefully in the five states. He said that the Election Commission has been careful and has avoided to conduct polls on festive days like Bihu or Tamil New Year.
EC officials first consult with political parties of the states once they are confident, they have established their vote bases in their assemblies and then consult with regulatory bodies of states and centre and proceed to meet the Chief Secretary and DGP.
He also added that meetings, both formal and informal have been held with relevant authorities of postal, railways, police departments in the five states to accommodate elections.