Election Commission to announce poll schedule at 5 pm

The Election Commission is all set to announce schedule for the Lok Sabha polls at 5pm today setting in motion the biggest democratic exercise in the world involving nearly 90 crore voters. The elections will be held for 543 seats of the Lok Sabha on approximately 10 lakh polling booths  across the country. The tenure of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

There is a strong possibility that the EC may go by precedent and hold assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, along with Lok Sabha polls. Since the Jammu and Kashmir assembly has been dissolved, the EC is bound to hold fresh polls there as well within a six-month period, which will end in May.

The poll panel will be holding a press conference at 5 pm at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. In 2014, the Lok Sabha polling was held on nine days between April 7 and May 12. The votes were counted on May 16, completing the entire process in 72 days,  as compared to 75 in 2009.

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