Lok Sabha elections: 7-phase polls to decide Modi's fate

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Assembly elections will also be held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls, the CEC said.

As per the schedule announced by Arora, who was flanked by election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra at Sunday's press conference, polling will be spread across seven phases on April 11, 18, 23, 29, May 6, 12 and 19. Now, as the Election Commission has announced the dates and the notification has come, the model of code of conduct has come into action.

While there is a view that the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections can be held along with the Lok Sabha polls, a lot depends on the complex security situation in the state given the heightened tension along the India Pakistan border.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra on Sunday.

The CEC said that the voter verifiable paper audit trail' (VVPAT) will be used in all 10 lakh polling stations this time.

The commission announced that it is introducing a mobile app for citizens to record any violation of code of conduct.

A decision in this regard was taken at BJP Parliamentary Board meeting on Friday, which was held for almost three hours to discuss key poll-related issues. The term of the 16th Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

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The survey conducted by India TV-CNX, between March 1 and March 7 in 193 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies, also predicted a surge of the Congress with its tally likely to nearly double compared with the last general elections.

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal and Sikkim will go to the polls for all seats in their respectively assemblies as well as the Lok Sabha in the first phase on April 11. Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

However, all political parties in the state favoured simultaneous polls during a meeting with the Election Commission earlier this week.

In the same election, the EC pulled up the then Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi over his interviews to television networks one day prior to the final phase of voting in Gujarat.

In the fourth and final phase (April 29), voting will be held in Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai-North, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central and Mumbai South, Maval, Shirur and Shirdi. While the first date of polling was April 20, the last date was May 10.

The EC also said India had gone to polls with photo electoral rolls for the first time in 2009.

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