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India’s election will be in seven phases, polling date announcement

Patrick D Costa

India, the world’s largest democratic country, has announced the date for its national elections.

India, the world’s largest democratic country, has announced the date for its national elections. Elections to 543 Lok Sabha constituencies will be held in seven phases from April 19 to June 1. And the result will be announced on June 4.

Chief Election Commissioner of India Rajiv Kumar made this announcement on Saturday (March 16).

Lok Sabha and Parliamentary elections will be held simultaneously in Sikkim, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Jammu and Kashmir, which has been under President’s rule since 2018, has not been included in the electoral roll.

Besides, by-elections will be held in 26 parliamentary constituencies of different states.

While announcing the election date, the Chief Election Commissioner of India has directed the political parties to be careful about fake news on social media. He said that strict action will be taken according to law in case of fake news.

Besides, he also warned the political parties in giving racial hatred and religious hatred speech.

In this regard, the Chief Election Commissioner said, “Campaign should be issue-based.” No hate speech can be given, no religious quotes can be made. No one’s personal life can be criticized.”

Besides, he also gave instructions in providing political advertisements in the media. He said that it should be clarified which is advertisement and which is news.

The commission has formed a 2,100-member advisory group to monitor these issues. The Chief Election Commissioner has warned that strict action will be taken against those who break the rules.

Voters who are above 85 years of age and those who are physically disabled can vote from home. Currently there are 8.2 million voters above 85 years of age in India.

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