New Delhi, March 10: The Election Commission of India (ECI) will address a press conference on Sunday to announce election dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The ECI will hold a press conference at 5 pm today. The ECI on Saturday conducted a review meeting in New Delhi as part of preparations for the multi-phased Lok Sabha polls.
Chief Election Commission Sushil Chandra will announce the dates at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi. The ECI will also announce the dates for the assembly elections in the states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha. The polls are likely to begin by end of March. The Term of 16th Lok Sabha will end on June 3, while for Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh assemblies will end on June 18.
The multi-phased polls are likely to be spread over the next two months. As soon as the Election Commission announces the dates, the Model Code of Conduct comes into effect. After this, political parties are forbidden from making any announcements that can impact the election outcome.
As per the new rules introduced by EC, candidates have to give details of their properties abroad. "The I-T department will look into it and, if any, discrepancies are found then it will be uploaded on the Election Commission (EC) website and strict action will be initiated," CEC Sunil Arora said.
This time, the election dates were announced slightly late as the last three general elections dates were announced in the first week of March. In the high-stake elections, Opposition has banded together in a hope to wrest power from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which recorded a triumph in the 2014 general elections.
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