Elections and challenges due to pandemic
In the thick of the pandemic, ECI started test trials with elections to 18 seats to Rajya Sabha. After that, came the challenge of the Bihar elections, it was indeed a watershed moment for ECI. It proved to be a litmus test, said Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner.
He added, "Our tributes to the COVID warriors, doctors, paramedics, nurses, researchers, scientists and all our officials on election duty who are located on the frontline."
Term of Assam assembly up to 31st May, no. of assembly seats 126, SC-8, ST-16; Term of Tamil Nadu- May24, no. of seats 234, SC-44, ST -2; Term of WB assembly till May30, seats 294, SC-68, ST-16; Kerala assembly-1 June, seats-140, SC- 14, ST-2; Puducherry seats-30 SC-5, ST-nil: CEC
Model Code of Conduct to come into force immediately after the announcement of the election dates: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner
Assam assembly elections to be held in 3 phases: Check the dates
1st phase of polling- 27th March
2nd phase polling-1st April
3rd phase of polling-6th April
Date of counting: 2nd May
Schedule for Kerala Assembly elections
Kerala goes to polls on 6th April and counting of votes on 2nd May
Schedule for Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections
Tamil Nadu assembly elections to be held in a single phase on 6th April; counting of votes on 2nd May