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Assembly Election Dates Announcement Updates: Congress, TMC question rationale of holding eight-phase polls in West Bengal

Assembly Election Dates Announcement LIVE Updates: Elections will be held on 6 April for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala. Assam election will be in three phases, while West Bengal will witness eight-phase polling.

FP Staff February 26, 2021 18:52:23 IST
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Assembly Election Dates Announcement Updates: Congress, TMC question rationale of holding eight-phase polls in West Bengal

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Feb 26, 2021 - 18:50 (IST)

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Election schedule at a glance

 

Feb 26, 2021 - 18:27 (IST)

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Congress criticises eight phases for West Bengal polls 

Congress leaders took to social media to criticise Election Commission's move to hold elections in West Bengal in 8 phases. The party leaders also pointed out that the BJP was batting for implementation of simultaneous nationwide elections but on the other hand it was forcing Election Commission to draw up a difficult schedule for the Opposition-ruled state. 

Feb 26, 2021 - 18:17 (IST)

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Last polls with CEC Sunil Arora at helm

The term of Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora is coming to an end and the state polls in four states and one Union territory will be the last polling exercise he oversees, according to reports. He took office on 2 December 2018. 

Feb 26, 2021 - 17:53 (IST)

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West Bengal to vote in eight phases

West Bengal to have election in eight phases. Last time, elections were held in seven phases.

Phase 1 polling for 30 seats – 27 March

Phase 2 polling for 30 seats – 1 April

Phase 3 polling for 31 seats – 6 April

Phase 4 polling for 44 seats – 10 April 

Phase 5 polling for 45 seats – 17 April

Phase 6 polling for 43 seats – 22 April

Phase 7 polling for 36 seats – 26 April

Phase 8 Polling for 35 seats – 29 April

Feb 26, 2021 - 17:36 (IST)

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Puducherry elections in single-phase on 6 April
 

Puducherry Assembly polls will be held in a single-phase on 6 April. Counting will be held on 2 May. Announcing the dates, CEC Sunil Arora said that the Puducherry political parties had specifically requested to hold elections on the same date as Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Feb 26, 2021 - 17:26 (IST)

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Tamil Nadu, Kerala to vote in single phase on 6 April

Both poll-bound southern states will vote in a single phase on 6 April. The counting will be done on 2 may

Feb 26, 2021 - 17:16 (IST)

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Assam polls to be held in 3 phases

Sunil Arora said that polls in Assam will be held in three phases. 

  • Phase 1 polling for 37 seast on 27 March
  • Phase 2 polling for 47 seats on 1 April
  • Phase 3 polling for 40 seats on 6 April

Feb 26, 2021 - 17:15 (IST)

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Each district to have webcasting on at least 50% booths

Sunil Arora said that each poll-bound district will have arrangements for webcasting of voting on at least 50 percent of the booths. . Some districts have achieved 100 percent coverage as well, he said. The Election Commission will also appoint General Observer for each State. There will also be an IPS Observer for every poll-bound State.

Feb 26, 2021 - 17:10 (IST)

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Guidelines by EC for upcoming elections

Here are the guidelines to be followed for the upcoming elections:
- Door-to-door campaigning to be restricted to five persons including candidate.
- Roadshows allowed
- Separate norms for suspected Covid-19 patients.
- Polling officials to be vaccinated.

Feb 26, 2021 - 17:07 (IST)

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Polling hour extended considering pandemic conditions

Election Commission has said that the voters will be allowed one extra hour to caste their votes to avoid crowds at the polling centres. The decision was also implemented in the previously held Bihar polls, keeping in view the coronavirus pandemic. 

Assembly Election Dates Announcement LATEST Updates: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the Assembly polls will be held in West Bengal in eight phases. The dates are as follows: 27 March, 1 April, 6 April, 10 April, 17 April, 22 April, 26 April, 29 April

Arora said that the polls to Tamil Nadu and Kerala will held in a single phase on 6 April

Arora took exception to media reports suggesting Election Commission requested early deployment of central forces in West Bengal.

In the thick of the pandemic, ECI started test trials with elections to 18 seats to Rajya Sabha. After that, came the challenge of the Bihar elections, it was indeed a watershed moment for ECI. It proved to be a litmus test, CEC Sunil Arora said.

CEC Sunil Arora said that the Bihar Assembly Election was a watershed moment for the Election Commission as it was difficult conduct the massive democratic exercise among an electorate of over 7 crore people.

Barely an hour before the Election Commission releases the poll dates, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced a hike in minimum wages for daily wage labourers.

The is the second Assembly election to be conducted amid COVID-19 pandemic. The Election Commission had successfully conducted Bihar Assembly elections in November last year.

The Election Commission is expected to announce the schedule of upcoming Assembly elections in five states at 4.30 pm on Friday, News18 reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, the poll panel held a meeting to finalise the dates for the poll-bound states — West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala — and Union Territory Puducherry.

Moreover, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain, who is also the in-charge of West Bengal, will be travelling to Kolkata on Friday to take note of the preparedness and updates.

During his visit, Jain will hold a series of meetings with district magistrates and police superintendents. He would also seek a detailed plan from each of the district administration about deployment of central forces, reported The New Indian Express.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Election Commission is likely to hold elections in West Bengal in seven-eight phases. In 2016, elections were held in six phases from 4 April to 5 May.

Meanwhile, the blast in Murshidabad's Nimtita and the recent violence in parts of West Midnapore have prompted the poll body to label 6,400 booths in Bengal as "extremely sensitive".

"The EC, after preliminary investigation, has identified 6,400 booths as extremely sensitive. This is the highest among the four poll-bound states and a Union Territory," a state election commission official was quoted by The Times of India as saying.

The terms of the legislative Assemblies of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala, and Puducherry will come to an end either in May or June this year.

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