A total of 824 assembly constituencies shall be going for polls in four states–Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam– and the Union Territory of Puducherry, said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Friday.
The polling in these states will start on March 27 and end on April 29. The counting of votes for elections to four states and one UT will be held on May 2.
Tamil Nadu assembly elections to be held in a single phase on April 6,
Kerala also goes to polls on April 6;
Assam assembly elections to be held in 3 phases–
1st phase of polling- March 27,
second phase polling- April 1
and third phase of polling- April 6,
West Bengal will witness eight-phased Assembly polls beginning March 27.
1- 30 Assembly constituencies in five districts will go to polls in the first phase on March 27.
2- 30 Assembly constituencies in four districts will go to polls in the second phase on April 1.
3- 31 Assembly constituencies in 3 districts will go to the polls on April 6.
4- 44 Assembly constituencies in five districts will go for polling on April 10.
5- 45 Assembly constituencies in six districts will witness polling on April 17.
6- 43 Assembly constituencies in four districts in the sixth phase will go to polls on April 22.
7- 36 Assembly constituencies in five districts in the seventh phase will go for polling on April 26.
8- 35 Assembly constituencies in four districts will witness polling on April 29.
Puducherry elections to be held on 6th April.
Counting of all votes will be held on May 2.
With this, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force immediately in four states and Puducherry after the announcement of the election dates.
The terms of the legislative assemblies of five states — West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry — will come to an end either in May or in June this year.
Elections for the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal that comprises 294 seats will be held soon as the current tenure ends on May 30.
For the Assembly Elections 2021, the Election Commission has issued a protocol for voting. All poll officials will be vaccinated against Covid-19 before elections for five assembly polls, the commission said.
ECI guidelines for the upcoming elections include– door-to-door campaigning to be restricted to five persons including the candidate, polling officials to be vaccinated, separate norms for suspected COVID-19 patients.