EC announced schedule for Assembly polls in four states and one Union territory

Mar 6, 2016 07:39 IST

Election Commission of India on 4 March 2016 announced the schedule for the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.

The elections of the four states and the Union Territory will be held between 4 April and 16 May 2016. The Counting for all Assembly Constituencies in all five States and Union Territories will be held on 19 May 2016.

Announcing the poll schedule in New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said that Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will go to poll in a single phase on 16 May 2016, while, election in West Bengal will be held in 6 phases and in Assam in two phases.

Details of the phases in West Bengal

• 1st phase - on 4 April and 11 April 2016

• 2nd phase - 17 April 2016

• 3rd phase - 21 April 2016

• 4th Phase – 25 April 2016

• 5th Phase - 30 April 2016

• 6th Phase - 5 May 2016

Details of the phases in Assam

• 1st Phase - 4 April 2016

• 2nd Phase - 11 April 2016

With the announcement of the poll schedule, the model code of conduct has come into force.  Zaidi said, this time in the electronic voting machines, the commission had decided to display photos of the contesting candidates to dispel confusion about the identities of the candidates, as many have similar names. This time a symbol of NOTA will also be provided in the EVMs.

Constitutional Provisions for the election

Article 324 of the Constitution of India confers the relevant powers, duties and functions upon the Election Commission of India to hold General Elections and Legislative Assemblies of the States whose terms expire around the same time, together.

By virtue of its powers, duties and functions under Article 324 read with Article 172(1) of the Constitution of India and Section 15 of Representation of the People Act, 1951, the Commission announced the date of elections in the four states and the Union Territory before expiry of their present terms.

The terms of the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry are normally due to expire as follows:

 Tamil Nadu

22 May 2016

 West Bengal

29 May 2016

 Kerala

31 May 2016

 Puducherry

02 June 2016

 Assam

05 June 2016

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