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Five assembly polls to begin March 27, counting of votes on May 2

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, Feb 26: Voting for five assembly elections will begin on March 27, with West Bengal conducting the maximum eight phases continuing till April 29, and votes for the polls in the four states and one union territory will be counted on May 2, the Election Commission said on Friday.

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    As many as 18.68 crore voters will be eligible to cast their votes at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 assembly seats across Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

    The elections for the five assemblies are expected to witness a determined attempt by the BJP to put a strong show, including in Assam where it is already in power, as well as in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry where the saffron party has been pushing hard in recent years.

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    Assembly Election Dates Announcement Live Highlights:

    Newest First Oldest First
    6:11 PM, 26 Feb
    This will be last set of elections during my tenure before I demit office on April 13: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora
    6:10 PM, 26 Feb
    Election Commission to appoint 2 special observers for West Bengal polls; If needed third can be sent: CEC Sunil Arora
    6:10 PM, 26 Feb
    Polling for second phase of West Bengal assembly elections on April 1 to cover 30 constituencies: EC
    5:37 PM, 26 Feb
    Assam: 3 phases First phase- elections on 27 March Second phase- elections on April 1 Third phase- elections on April 6 Counting- May 2
    5:35 PM, 26 Feb
    West Bengal Assembly Election will be held in eight phases. First phase polling on March 27 Second phase: April 1 Third phase: April 6 Fourth phase: April 10 Fifth phase: April 17 Sixth phase: April 22 Seventh phase: April 26 Eight phase: April 29
    5:26 PM, 26 Feb
    Sunil Arora said that polls in West Bengal will be held in 8 phases.
    5:25 PM, 26 Feb
    Results for all states to be out on May 2
    5:24 PM, 26 Feb
    Single phase polling in Puducherry on April 6
    5:22 PM, 26 Feb
    Single phase polling in Tamil Nadu on April 6
    5:21 PM, 26 Feb
    Single phase polling in Kerala on April 6
    5:20 PM, 26 Feb
    The first phase will be on March 27, date of counting on May 2.
    5:18 PM, 26 Feb
    Assam polls to be held in 3 phases
    5:17 PM, 26 Feb
    All political parties to publish details of criminal records of their candidates in the local newspaper, channel and their website.
    5:16 PM, 26 Feb
    Separate norms for suspected Covid-19 patients.
    5:16 PM, 26 Feb
    Model Code of Conduct to come into force immediately after the announcement of the election dates: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner
    5:11 PM, 26 Feb
    Arrangements to be in place for candidates to file nominations online for five assembly polls.
    5:11 PM, 26 Feb
    EC to deploy special, general, expenditure and police observers to poll-bound states.
    5:07 PM, 26 Feb
    Adequate CAPFs deployment shall be ensured during elections. All critical, vulnerable polling stations identified and an adequate number of CAPFs will be deployed: Sunil Arora.
    5:06 PM, 26 Feb
    CAPF forces were dispatched for all poll-bound states on the same date, says Arora dismissing rumours that the CE had sent security forces in advance only in West Bengal.
    5:01 PM, 26 Feb
    Poll timing to be increased by 1 hr like Bihar: CEC
    4:59 PM, 26 Feb
    Door-to door campaign has been limited to 5 people. says CEC.
    4:58 PM, 26 Feb
    The EC has allowed the postal ballot only for senior citizens, sick and essential service employees.
    4:58 PM, 26 Feb
    Roadshows will be allowed during the poll campaign provided that the convoy is broken after every five vehicles, says CEC.
    4:55 PM, 26 Feb
    Puducherry seats-30 SC-5, ST-nil
    4:55 PM, 26 Feb
    Kerala assembly-1 June, seats-140, SC- 14, ST-2
    4:55 PM, 26 Feb
    Term of WB assembly till May30, seats 294, SC-68, ST-16
    4:54 PM, 26 Feb
    Term of Tamil Nadu- May24, no. of seats 234, SC-44, ST -2
    4:54 PM, 26 Feb
    Term of Assam assembly up to 31st May, no. of assembly seats 126, SC-8, ST-16
    4:54 PM, 26 Feb
    He also said that the people employed in the poll process have been categorised as frontline workers and will be vaccinated before the polls.
    4:52 PM, 26 Feb
    "Due to Covid-19, we have decreased the number of polling stations in each state," says Sunil Arora. "This means we would need many more polling and security personnel," he added.

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