The Election Commission will announce election dates for upcoming assembly polls in five states at 12 noon on Wednesday. The poll bound states are Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.
#ExpectToday Election Commission to address Press Conf at 12 PM today in Delhi, to announce election dates for upcoming Assembly polls— ANI (@ANI_news) January 4, 2017
The term of the UP assembly ends on May 27. The terms of the other four expire in March.
According to reports, the EC wrote to the cabinet secretary and chief secretaries of the five states to keep the administrative machinery ready for smooth implementation.
During a meeting of Election Commission and top officials of the Home Ministry on Monday, the Home Ministry had reportedly said that it would provide around 750 companies of paramilitary forces for smooth conduct of the election process.
All eyes would be on assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country. It is being speculated that polls could be conducted in seven phases in UP.
In rest of the states, the polls are likely to be conducted in single phase.