Lok Sabha elections: Dates to be announced on Wednesday

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New Delhi, March 4:The dates for the longest ever national polls this year are likely to be announced on Wednesday by 10:30 am. Election Commission sources said that the polls due by May are likely to be held in 7 phases and could be India's longest ever.

To the chagrin of the government, the 'model code of conduct' would be announced immediately after the dates are revealed, which means that the government cannot announce any more schemes after that.

This Lok Sabha is significant in another way as it would be the first Lok Sabha election where the people would have the option of 'None of the Above' if they do not like any candidates in their constituency.

The Election Commission held a meeting today to review the security arrangements for the polls. Apart from the Lok Sabha elections, assembly polls are due in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim. Above 800 million people are eligible to vote in these elections. The term of the current government ends on 1 June and the new government has to be formed by May 31.

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